Tag Archive | Ceasefire

On this day July 27, 1953

An armistice was signed to end hostilities in the Korean War, officially making the Division of Korea indefinite by creating an approximately 4 km (2.5 mi) wide demilitarized zone running across the Korean Peninsula.

Korean DMZ

Korean DMZ

The area now as 한반도 비무장지대 in Korean is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula that serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea.

The 38th parallel north—which cuts the Korean Peninsula roughly in half—was the original boundary between the US-occupied and Soviet-occupied areas of Korea at the end of World War II.

Upon the creation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, informally North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (ROK, informally South Korea) in 1948, it became a de facto international border and one of the most tense fronts in the Cold War. Read More…

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On this day July 24, 1977

The Libyan–Egyptian War, a short border war between Libya and Egypt over political conflicts, ended after the combatants agreed to a ceasefire organized by Algeria.

Mediation by Algeria and Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yassir Arafat finally led to a ceasefire. Egyptian President Sadat gave his forces instructions to stop all attacks on 24 July 1977 and agreed upon an armistice.

Even after the fighting ended, the rift between Arab states remained, however. Many conservative Arab countries had sympathy for Egypt and Sadat, while the so-called social revolutionary–progressive Arab states endorsed Libya and Gaddafi. An editorial in The New York Times summed up an American perspective of the war by quoting a Palestinian: “If the Arabs haven’t got Israel to fight, they will be fighting each other.” Read More…

Israel announces ceasefire

Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has announced during a press conference, that Israel will “unilaterally” ceasefire in their offensive in the Gaza Strip at 2:00 a.m. local time in Gaza.

statement-by-pm-ehud-olmertOlmert stated that he understands Hamas does not agree to he ceasefire. He also stated that in order for the Israeli to withdraw from Gaza, Hamas “must stop firing rockets” into Israel, but that excessive rocket fire would cause the Israel Defense Forces to “respond with force”. Read More…

US call for immediate ceasefire in Gaza

Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice is due at a United Nations Security Council meeting to help bring an end to the Israeli assault. United States Government officials say that they would like an immediate and stable ceasefire.

Olmert, Rice and Abbas

Olmert, Rice and Abbas

“We would like an immediate ceasefire, absolutely… An immediate ceasefire that is durable, sustainable and not time-limited,” said Assistant Secretary of State Sean McCormack.

The Israeli Government, however, does not find the “international pressure” high enough to call a ceasefire.

Reports also say that European Union has given a tacit green light to the Israeli assault, because they failed to come against it.

As of today, the total death toll has increased to 600 Palestinians (100 of which are civilians), and 2,700 are wounded.

Sri Lankan government withdraws truce with Tamil rebels

The government of Sri Lanka says it is withdrawing from a cease-fire agreement with Tamil rebels because, in the opinion of the government, the pact has become meaningless. Anjana Pasricha reports from New Delhi the withdrawal is largely symbolic because the Norwegian-brokered truce collapsed two years ago.

There have be many clashes between the government and the rebels since mid-2006. This happened despite the fact that they were still in a cease-fire.

The government‘s decision to end a 2002 truce agreement with Tamil rebels came as a vast majority of people believed that the pact existed only in name. Read More…

Russia signed the ceasefire agreement

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev followed the president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili and signed the ceasefire agreement on Saturday. The peace plan document was originally drafted by Nicolas Sarkozy, the President of France. Medvedev announced having signed the document during a meeting of the Russian Security Council.

Dmitry Medvedev at World Economic Forum

Dmitry Medvedev at World Economic Forum

The truce was signed by Saakashvili on Friday, after a long meeting with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Following the meeting, a press conference was held in which Saakashvili stated that he had signed the accord. But he pointed out that “this is not a done deal. We need to do our utmost to deter such behaviour in the future.”

By signing the agreement, both sides agree to pull back their forces to pre-conflict positions. Rice has demanded that Russian forces withdraw from Georgia immediately. The accord also provides protection for Georgia and a “reconstruction plan”, as well as allowing certain concessions to Russia. Read More…