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BiH needs cooperation to maintain peace and stability

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH, Mladen Bosić, claimed that BiH needs firmer and better cooperation as well as more talks and negotiations in order to preserve regional peace and stability. Bosić also pointed out the importance of a more determined fight against crime and corruption, and the problem of rising populism, “strong leaders” and undermining democratic institutions. In BiH, organized crime, corruption and money laundering are a major problem. Stronger European support, exchange of experiences and better regional cooperation in the fight against crime, corruption and other deviations that are eroding BiH’s society, according to Bosić, are necessary. Therefore, accession of the country to the European Union would be much more than membership. 

Trump tells Israel peace means compromise; U.S. envoy under fire


U.S. President Donald Trump told Israel on Friday that it too would need to make “significant compromises” for peace with the Palestinians, even as they accused one of his Middle East envoys of bogging down diplomacy with what they see as pro-Israel bias. The Palestinians were outraged by Trump’s Dec. 6 recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, a move overturning decades of U.S. reticence on the city’s status, and say they are looking at additional world powers as potential mediators. In an interview with an Israeli newspaper that was excerpted ahead of its full publication on Sunday, Trump described his Jerusalem move as a “high point” of his first year in office. The language of Trump’s announcement did not rule out a presence in Jerusalem for the Palestinians, who want the eastern part of the city – captured by Israel in a 1967 war and annexed in a move not recognized internationally – as their own capital.

10 insurgents join peace


At least ten insurgents belonging to the Taliban group leader Mawlavi Nik Mohammad joined peace process in eastern province of Nangarhar. The statement said that the militants joined peace process in Khogyani district and also handed over some weapons and ammunition to the local authorities. The weapons included five Ak-47 assault rifles, two pistols, a rocket launcher, six hand grenades, and one communication device set. The leader of the group Islami said they are regretting for their activities and he called on other insurgents to renounce violence and join peace process. They also promised to live a peaceful life after the reconciliation process and contribute in the reconstruction of the country.

US, Taliban do not want peace


According to the U.S. deputy secretary, John Sullivan, Taliban attack on civilians show that Taliban do not want peace, but war. “Unfortunately, at this stage, everyone but the Taliban appears ready for peace. The Taliban’s reprehensible attacks targeting innocent civilians demonstrate that they are not ready to enter into good faith peace negotiations”, Sullivan said. The U.S. deputy secretary Sullivan who has visited Kabul noted that pressures are ongoing for bringing the Taliban group to the negotiation table and emphasized on an Afghan led-peace process. “Our policy is for continue to – for us to continue to put pressure on the Taliban – military, economic, political – to bring them to the negotiating table where the ultimate resolution will be through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process,” he said. Sullivan said that U.S. seriously asked  Pakistan to end violence, take practical measures and cooperate with the Afghan government. “We have made clear to the Pakistani Government our expectations for them to take action against terrorists that are in sanctuaries in Pakistan to reduce the pressure and the threat of violence in Afghanistan, and to contribute to a lasting and enduring peace in Afghanistan and the region”, he added. Recently, U.S. President Donald Trump said that the group was “killing innocent people left and right so we don’t want to talk with the Taliban. There may be a time but it may be a long time”. The Taliban warned that Trump’s rhetoric would most certainly result in more war and bloodshed.

Table with the Eln will remain suspended after attacks


The suspension of the dialogue table with the ELN after the attacks of this guerrilla group, has put suspension points to a negotiation marked by the slow advance in the agenda agreed between the national Government and this guerrilla. Confirmed the authorship of the attack against the police station of Barranquilla, which left five agents dead and 14 wounded, President Juan Manuel Santos closed the door to a new cycle of conversation until the ELN shows no coherence between his words of peace and his Actions.

Trump threatens to pull aid to Palestinians if they don’t pursue peace


U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to withhold aid to the Palestinians if they did not pursue peace with Israel, saying they had snubbed the United States by not meeting Vice President Mike Pence during a recent visit.Trump, speaking after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum, said he wanted peace. However, his remarks could further frustrate the aim of reviving long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian talks. Palestinians shunned Pence’s visit to the region this month after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and vowed to begin moving the U.S. embassy to the city, whose status is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The dialogue between the Government and the opposition will continue this Saturday


The delegations of the dialogue between the Government and the opposition gathered in the Dominican Republic, did not reach an agreement and will meet again this Saturday, after two days of “intense negotiations”, according to the minister of foreign relations. from the Caribbean island, Miguel Vargas. The official spokesman of the Venezuelan government, Jorge Rodriguez said after the meeting that it was “a profoundly intense and productive day”, where the parties are “very close to reaching a definitive agreement of coexistence and peace among the political sectors”, in addition to affirming that “extremely important progress was made at the confluence points”, without specifying what they were.

Afghanistan: new strategy for peace


The High Peace Council (HPC) said it has outlined a new strategy as part of the peace and reconciliation efforts with the armed oppositions including the Taliban. Habiba Sarabi, the Deputy Chairperson of the High Peace Council said  that last year, for six months the HPC worked hard for peace and bringing stability in the country. The strategic objectives in the new policy include negotiation with armed people who fighting against the government, national consensus and monitoring on the political agreements agreements between the government and oppositions. Sarabi stressed that they have set up some advisory boards for the High Peace Council including women, youth and religious scholars boards as a move to take the public advisory for peace process. “We have to change culture of violence to culture of peace, from homes, villages and local level”, Habiba Sarabi said.

US forces have failed in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s FM claims


The foreign minister of Pakistan Khwajah Asif has claimed that the US forces have failed in Afghanistan as he arrived in Tehran on Monday to seek regional and international support in the aftermath of the US strategy declaration by President Donald Trump last month. Soon after his arrival in Tehran, Foreign Minister held detailed talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Dr. Javad Zarif on bilateral relations and the prevailing regional situation, including efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan. “The two Foreign Ministers also exchanged views about efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan, particularly in the context of latest developments in Afghanistan”, the statement said, adding that “They agreed that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and a politically negotiated settlement was imperative for lasting peace in Afghanistan. They underscored that the regional countries have vital stakes in stability in Afghanistan should play a more proactive role in the peace efforts”.

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