Abbas Tells India PM He Seeks Multi-Country Peace Mediation

U.S. News

Such a framework would ostensibly replace Washington's long-standing monopoly as mediator. Abbas rejected the traditional U.S. role after President Donald Trump recognized contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December. Trump's pivot upset Palestinians who seek the city's Israeli-annexed eastern sector as a capital.

Colombia: Fragile peace a year after FARC referendum

Al Jazeera

Colombians were given the choice on October 2, 2016, to approve a peace deal designed to bring the world's longest continuous, ongoing war to an end through a referendum. The accord was narrowly rejected with 50.2 percent of voters opposing the deal. The armed conflict between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) spanned more than 50 years. The war resulted in the deaths of more than 220,000 Colombians and displaced nearly seven million people. Despite a desire for peace, many felt that the agreement made in Havana, Cuba was too lenient towards the FARC.

Last 300 FARC rebels to lay down arms

PBS NewsHour

Picture taken August 16, 2016. The last 300 members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, also known as FARC, began disarming on Sunday in a transition zone arranged as part of a peace agreement last year. The Colombian government and FARC agreed in November to end a conflict that had stretched on for nearly 52 years and killed more than 200,000 people. About 7,000 members of the FARC, Colombia's largest rebel group, began moving this week from jungle camps toward 26 safe zones established as part of the peace agreement. FARC was formed in 1964 as an armed offshoot of the Communist Party by farmers dissatisfied with issues of inequality in the country.

Peace Efforts Can Only Resume Under International Mediation: Abbas

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The Palestinians are seething at U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition last month of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and Abbas told a meeting of senior Palestinian officials in a speech that the move had disqualified the United States as a peacemaker.

Signs of a Thaw for Ethiopia and Eritrea


A cold war that has haunted the Horn of Africa for more than a decade may be thawing, as leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea met on Sunday for the first time in twenty years. Ethiopia's prime minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea's president Isaias Afwerki embraced as they met at the airport in Asmara. The leaders have since agreed to reopen embassies and ports, allow flights between the countries and signed a "declaration of peace and friendship," declaring an end to the conflict. It's a groundbreaking development for countries that share cultural and linguistic ties, as well as a 640-mile border, but have been bitter rivals for years. Rumors of the meeting had circulated on Friday, as observers tweeted photos of Ethiopian flags flying in Eritrea.