Earlier this week a diplomatic breakthrough was reached by rival factions in the ongoing Libyan conflict. During a meeting between the presidents of the house of representatives and the state council, a compromise was brokered by the Italian Foreign Minister and the Italian Ambassador to Libya. Although the specific details of a unity government have yet to be determined, this week’s meeting constitutes a crucial breakthrough following years of fighting, with each side agreeing to ‘reach peaceful and fair solutions…’ Observers have praised the meeting as a crucial first step in the road towards peace and reconciliation in Libya.
After four decades of violent conflict, the Philippine Government and communist rebels reached an indefinite cease-fire deal on Friday. The agreement, which was brokered by the Government of Norway, represents an historic breakthrough. The deal will provide a foundation for further peace talks as the two sides continue to negotiate a range of political, constitutional, economic and social issues before signing a final deal.
On 23 June 2016, an historic cease-fire agreement was signed between Farc rebels and the Government of Colombia. The agreement was hailed as a momentous step forward in bringing an end to 50 years of civil conflict in Colombia – one of the longest running wars in history. The occasion was marked as a victory for the people of Colombia and widely celebrated around the globe, as Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos declared: ‘Today a new chapter opens, one that brings back peace….’