Peace Talk

  • Choose between government and separatists: Jaitley to Pakistan 5 days ago

    Kolkata: In a stern message to Pakistan, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said it was for the neighbouring country to decide whether it wants to talk to the Indian government or the separatists. "After coming to power, we took a decision to call all our neighbours to the swearing-in ceremony....
  • Taliban not serious about talks: Sartaj Aziz February 27, 2014

    Pakistan's targeted military action against militants in Waziristan will be beneficial in the long run as the Taliban are not serious about peace talks, Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz said on Thursday. His remarks came amid speculation that the government is on the verge...
  • UN: US, Russia to try to 'unblock' Syria stalemate February 14, 2014

    Geneva: The mediator for the UN-brokered Syrian peace talks says Russia and the United States have promised to try break the deadlock. UN-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said after meeting with senior US and Russian officials on Thursday that they have pledged to try "to unblock the situation" because "we are...
  • South Sudan rebels, govt negotiators to hold first peace talks today January 5, 2014

    Addis Ababa: South Sudanese rebels and government negotiators will hold their first face-to-face talks on Sunday, after several days of delay, to thrash out a ceasefire deal and end weeks of ethnic fighting in the world's youngest state. At a ceremonial opening to the talks at a luxury hotel in the...
  • US welcomes Syrian rebels' decision to attend peace talks November 13, 2013

    The US has welcomed the decision of Syrian rebels to participate in the second phase of peace talks planned to be held in Geneva. "We welcome the Syrian Coalition's decision to participate in the Geneva II conference. This is a significant step forward in the process to convene the Geneva conference,...
  • Sharif criticise US drone strikes on Pakistan, says peace talks with the militants derailed November 4, 2013

    Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday used his address to military officers to criticise US drone strikes following a recent drone attack that killed Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud and ultimately scuttled peace talks with the militants. The Taliban said following the drone strike that they would not hold talks with...
  • Pakistan slams US for sabotaging peace talks by killing Taliban leader November 3, 2013

    Islamabad: The Pakistani government on Saturday accused the US of sabotaging peace talks with domestic Taliban fighters by killing their leader in a drone strike, as the militants began the process of choosing a successor. The rise in tension, even though the US took out Pakistan's No. 1 enemy, shows just...
  • No need for talks with Pakistan till terror attacks continue, says BJP September 26, 2013

    New Delhi: Politics has begun over the twin terror attacks that took place in Jammu early on Thursday morning. With the attack coming just a few days ahead of the meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, the parties have opposed any such talks in...
  • Peshawar church blast: 78 dead, Pak govt still committed for peace talks with terrorists September 23, 2013

    Hours after a deadly suicide bombing killed 78 people, Pakistan's Federal Interior Minister on Sunday said that the government was committed to the difficult choice of pursuing negotiations with the Taliban. Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan said Pakistan has opted for talks with the terrorists in the quest for peace as picking...
  • Pak govt in contact with Taliban for peace talks: Minister August 31, 2013

    Back channel talks between the ruling PML-N and the Taliban are under way to work out a peace formula to end the cycle of violence in Pakistan, a media report on Friday said. "Unofficial talks between the government side and Taliban are in progress," Information Minister Pervez Rashid said. The government...
  • UN official urges Iran to sway Syria government on peace talks August 28, 2013

    A top UN official visiting Iran has urged it to use its influence to persuade the Syrian government to attend planned peace talks with opposition groups in Geneva, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman has spent the past two days in Tehran meeting officials, including...
  • Hamid Karzai to visit Pakistan today, release of Taliban leader on agenda August 26, 2013

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai will arrive in Islamabad on Monday on a one-day trip to discuss the frayed ties with Pakistan and seek release of Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Barader as a confidence building measure. Ties between the two countries nosedived after Pakistan and the US supported a Taliban office...
  • Colombian rebels suspend peace talks in Havana August 24, 2013

    Colombia's largest guerrilla army temporarily walked away from peace talks with the government on Friday over President Juan Manuel Santos' refusal to agree to modify the constitution if a peace pact is struck. It is the first time either side has broken off negotiations that began in 2012 in Havana,...
  • Palestinians refuse to receive militants' bodies from Israel August 15, 2013

    Ramallah: The Palestinians on Wednesday rejected Israel's offer to handover unidentified bodies of some militants, which was intended as a goodwill gesture amid the ongoing peace talks between the two sides, an official said. "Israel wants to close the Palestinian corpses' file because it has inflicted on the country a legal...
  • Israel, Palestinians set to resume US brokered peace negotiations August 14, 2013

    Israel and the Palestinians are set to resume US brokered peace negotiations in Jerusalem on Wednesday after a three-year of hiatus, even as the Jewish nation freed 26 Palestinian prisoners as a goodwill gesture. There were extremely low expectations on both the sides over the outcome of the fragile peace talks as...
  • Talks resume as Israel frees Palestinians, pursues settlements August 14, 2013

    Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday to keep US-sponsored peacemaking on course for a second round of talks, but diplomacy remained dogged by Israeli plans for more Jewish homes on land the Palestinians claim for a future state. Negotiators are due to convene in the afternoon in Jerusalem, the city...
  • Russia says Syria peace talks unlikely before October August 13, 2013

    Russia wants a Syria peace conference to be held as soon as possible but it is unlikely to go ahead before October because there is a busy diplomatic schedule before then, a Russian diplomat said on Tuesday. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said more talks were expected at the end...
  • Israel names Palestinians to be freed from jail before peace talks August 13, 2013

    Israel named on Monday 26 Palestinians who it will free from jail this week under a deal enabling US-backed peace talks to resume, but the goodwill gesture was clouded by Israeli plans to expand settlements in the occupied West Bank. The 26 prisoners are the first of a total of 104...
  • US hopes Indo-Pak peace talks to continue after LoC attack August 7, 2013

    Expressing concern over the Pakistani attack on Tuesday along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, the United States hoped India and Pakistan would continue with their peace talks and reiterated that its position on Kashmir has not changed. In a provocative attack, a group of 20 heavily armed...
  • Reaching Mid-east deal in 9 months target, not deadline: US diplomat August 1, 2013

    Reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal within nine months is a target, not a deadline, a US diplomat in Jerusalem said on Wednesday, two days after the sides resumed negotiations and ended a five-year freeze. During the talks, US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to visit the region "on a...
  • In raging Middle East, Israel wins time with Palestinian peace talks August 1, 2013

    Jerusalem: Pressured by Washington, worried about its international standing and perturbed by Middle East turmoil, Israel had many reasons to return to peace talks with the Palestinians this week after a three year hiatus. On the surface, Israelis saw little reason to jump back into negotiations. The status quo in the...
  • Israel, Palestinians strive for peace deal within nine months July 31, 2013

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators on Tuesday gave themselves about nine months to try to reach an agreement on ending their conflict of more than six decades in US-brokered peace talks. The two sides held their first peace negotiations in nearly three years in Washington on Monday and Tuesday, a diplomatic victory...
  • Israeli-Palestinian talks begin amid deep divisions July 30, 2013

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held their first peace talks in nearly three years on Monday in a US-brokered effort that Secretary of State John Kerry hopes will end their conflict despite deep divisions. Top aides to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas began the talks over an...
  • US President Barack Obama hails resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks July 30, 2013

    US President Barack Obama on Monday hailed the resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians as "a promising step forward", but said "hard work and hard choices" lie ahead. Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry named Martin Indyk, former American ambassador to Israel, as his special envoy to...
  • Israel approves prisoner deal to clear way for peace talks with Palestine July 29, 2013

    Israel's cabinet on Sunday approved the release of 104 Arab prisoners to help restart US-brokered peace talks with the Palestinians after nearly three years of diplomatic stagnation. Thirteen ministers in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition cabinet voted in favour of the prisoner release, seven voted against and two abstained, a government...
  • North and South Korea hold first talks in two years June 9, 2013

    Seoul: Government delegates from North and South Korea held a marathon session of preparatory talks on Sunday at a "truce village" on their heavily armed border aimed at setting ground rules for a higher-level discussion on easing animosity and restoring stalled rapprochement projects. The meeting at Panmunjom, where the armistice agreement...
  • No future for Bashar al-Assad in Syria: US June 1, 2013

    Washington: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has no role in the future of the war-torn country and he has no other option but to go, the US has said. "We have said that Assad must go and that there is no future for him in Syria. That is not just our opinion,...
  • Hezbollah steps up Syria battle, Israel threatens strikes May 20, 2013

    Amman: Lebanese Hezbollah militants attacked a Syrian rebel-held town alongside Syrian troops on Sunday and Israel threatened more attacks on Syria to rein the militia in, highlighting the risks of a wider regional conflict if planned peace talks fail. Activists said it was the fiercest fighting in Syria's two year-old civil...
  • Obama faces Palestinian discontent on his Israel visit March 21, 2013

    Jerusalem: US President Barack Obama faces a stony reception when he travels to the West Bank on Thursday for talks with Palestinian leaders who accuse him of letting Israel ride rough-shod over their dream of statehood. Obama has said he will not bring any new initiatives to try to revive long-dormant...
  • Not received serious response for peace talks: Pak Taliban January 8, 2013

    Islamabad: The Taliban on Monday claimed it had not received a "serious response" from the Pakistan government to its offer for peace talks, which could be jeopardized by the stance adopted by the army. The outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan clarified its position on the proposed peace talks in an email sent to...