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Burundi/United Nations: Security Council Urges Peace Talks

(Nov. 19, 2015) On November 12, 2015, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution urging all parties in the domestic unrest in Burundi to engage in peace talks. The resolution was adopted unanimously by the Council, just three days after U.N. officials noted that the political crisis in the country is at a critical […]

Mali: Peace Deal Concluded

(June 26, 2015) On June 20, 2015, Tuareg rebels, who have been in conflict with authorities in Mali for years, signed a peace accord with the government. The accord gives the northern part of the country, which includes the cities of Timbuktu and Gao, partial autonomy. The Tuareg had taken over that part of Mali […]

Russia; Ukraine: Legislature Adopts Law on Dissolution of Black Sea Fleet Treaties

(Apr. 3, 2014) On April 1, 2014, following the adoption of legislation that denounces a set of treaties signed by the State Duma (parliament) between Russia and Ukraine, the Federation Council, which is the upper chamber of the Russian legislature, gave its consent to termination of the treaties. (Press Release, Extraordinary Meeting of the Federation […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the: Rights Groups Decry New Amnesty Law

(Feb. 14, 2014) On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once President Joseph Kabila signs it, something he is expected to do in the near future. The […]

Nordic Countries: Agreement to Cooperate with U.N. in Syria

(Nov. 4, 2013) On October 30, 2013, at a meeting held in Oslo, Norway, the Foreign Ministers of the Nordic countries agreed to provide a joint Nordic-United Nations force in Syria, if they receive a request to do so. According to Børge Brende, the Foreign Minister of Norway, this step follows a long-standing agreement within […]

Central African Republic: Peace Accord Signed with Rebels

(Jan. 16, 2013) On January 11, 2013, the President of the Central African Republic, Francois Bozize, signed a peace accord with the Seleka rebel alliance. The signing took place in Libreville, in the nearby country of Gabon, after three days of discussions, and was witnessed by representatives of the Economic Community of Central African States, […]

Colombia: Congress Approves Framework Law for Peace

(June 25, 2012) On June 14, 2012, Colombia's Congress approved a constitutional amendment that provides the legal framework for peace talks with leftist guerrilla groups. This process would give legal benefits to demobilized members of guerrilla and paramilitary groups. (Marco para la Paz Aprobado en Conciliación en Cámara y Senado, EL ESPECTADOR (June 19, 2012).) […]

Israel: Subjecting Land Concessions in Peace Negotiations to Public Referendum

(Nov. 23, 2010) On November 22, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Law and Administration Ordinance (Voiding Extension of Law, Adjudication and Administration) (Amendment), 5770-2010. The amendment provides that the government should not ratify or sign any agreement according to which the State of Israel's law, jurisdiction, and administration would cease to apply in […]

Solomon Islands: Truth and Reconciliation Commission to Commence Hearings

(Mar. 10, 2010) On March 5, 2010, it was reported that the first public hearings of the Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission would take place beginning March 9, 2010. (First TRC Public Hearing Next Week, SOLOMON TIMES, Mar. 5, 2010, available at The Commission was officially established by the government in April 2009. […]

Somalia: Agreement Reached at Ongoing Peace Talks to Expand Parliament, Extend Transition Period, Address Impunity

(Dec. 4, 2008) At a meeting that concluded on November 25, 2008, in Djibouti, participants in the High-Level Committee set up under the Djibouti Agreement – the peace pact reached in June 2008, between Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the opposition Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS) – agreed to the addition of […]