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  • Israel hosts face-to-face talks

    04/07/2008 5:29:38 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 2 replies · 105+ views
    BBC ^ | 7 April 2008 | Staff
    The first round in seven weeks of talks between Israel's prime minister and the Palestinian leader has ended with pledges to continue meeting regularly. Mahmoud Abbas broke off peace talks with Ehud Olmert last month after about 120 Palestinians, many civilians, died in an Israeli operation in Gaza. Both sides are under domestic as well as international pressure to achieve a peace deal in the coming months. At the Jerusalem meeting, each side voiced concern at the other's actions. The Palestinians say Israel is damaging the chances of peace by building on occupied land, carrying out raids against Palestinian towns...
  • U.S. May Relent on Hamas Role in Talks

    03/19/2008 9:54:16 AM PDT · by Alouette · 9 replies · 273+ views
    NY Times ^ | Mar. 19, 2008 | Helene Cooper
    WASHINGTON —After ruling out talks with Hamas, the militant Islamist group, the Bush administration is using Egypt as an intermediary to open a channel between Israel and representatives of the group, in what some diplomats say could be a softening of the American stance. While administration officials still say they do not plan to deal directly with Hamas, the United States has given tacit support to an attempt by Egyptian officials to mediate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, which controls Gaza. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice discussed the mediation attempt with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Foreign Minister...
  • Washington and Tehran: Negotiating Over What?

    10/15/2007 9:30:20 PM PDT · by humint · 8 replies · 168+ views
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | 15/10/2007 | Tariq Alhomayed
    US Democratic candidates, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, have expressed their intention to engage in “unconditional negotiations” with Iran, should either of them attain the presidency. The question is: Negotiate over what? Are the conflicts in the Middle East a result of a crisis in Washington-Tehran relations; or rather, does it revolve around Iran’s expansion ambitions and its interference in the internal affairs of Arab states for over 20 years? Is the Washington-Tehran crisis a result of the absence of dialogue, or is it by reason of Iran’s aspirations to destabilize the region? Iran occupies the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE)...
  • Syria Refuses Peace Talks With Israel (US Air Strike?)

    09/24/2007 4:19:55 PM PDT · by blam · 54 replies · 248+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 9-24-2007 | UPI
    Syria refuses peace talks with Israel DAMASCUS, Syria, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Senior Syrian officials said Monday the U.S. airstrike on a Syrian nuclear facility Sept. 6 has ruined all chances of peace with Israel. The announcement came after Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said earlier Monday there would be no war with Syria, the Jerusalem Post reported. Olmert said ongoing tension with Syria in the past few weeks would not turn into armed conflict, and while Syria's troops are "on alert," Syrian Information Minister Mohsen Bilal said Syria would not initiate an attack, Ynetnews reported. Regarding talks with Palestinian...
  • Negotiators praise Iraqi talks

    09/04/2007 5:19:56 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 1 replies · 211+ views
    Yahoo News-AP ^ | September 4, 2007 | Karl Ritter
    Iraqi Sunni and Shiite delegates made progress at secret peace talks in Finland, negotiators said Tuesday, cautioning that their Northern Ireland-inspired agreement would have to be endorsed by top leaders in Baghdad to have any chance of succeeding. Organizers said the four-day meeting at an undisclosed location in Finland brought together high-level delegates from the feuding groups to study lessons learned from successful peacemaking efforts in South Africa and Northern Ireland. The talks ended Monday with all parties agreeing on a list of principles to start negotiations to end sectarian violence. "And at the end of our discussions, we had...
  • Hat in Hand

    08/01/2007 10:02:41 PM PDT · by humint · 3 replies · 239+ views ^ | 8/1/2007 | Daniel M. Zucker
    After a hiatus of 28 years, the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran finally held an openly acknowledged dialogue[1]. Actually to date there have been two such meetings, both held in Baghdad, (May 28, 2007 and July 24, 2007) and both specifically dealt with the security situation in Iraq, and were ostensibly limited to that subject alone. Although newsworthy because of their unusual occurrence within the last 28 years, these meetings and any future follow-ups should be reviewed for their significance, efficacy, and political repercussions. The following essay is a first attempt to do such. Before continuing, it...
  • NKorea military wants talks with US

    07/12/2007 8:48:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 476+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/12/07 | AP
    SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea's military proposed Friday holding direct talks with U.S. forces, an unusual plea amid recent progress on the nuclear standoff between the two countries. The North's Korean Peoples Army proposed the talks, also be attended by a U.N. representative, "for the purpose of discussing the issues related to ensuring the peace and security on the Korean peninsula," the chief of the North Korean military's mission at the truce village of Panmunjom said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency. "It is easy to miss a chance, but difficult to get it,"...
  • Appeasing Evil

    05/16/2007 4:12:34 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 357+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 16 May 2007 | Staff
    WMD: Iran's flouting of international law and human decency is getting a little monotonous. Despite repeated efforts to curb Tehran's nuclear program, it continues not just unabated but at an accelerated pace. Iran's latest snub to the civilized world was summarized in the New York Times Tuesday: "Inspectors for the International Atomic Energy Agency have concluded that Iran appears to have solved most of its technological problems and is now beginning to enrich uranium on a far larger scale than before, according to the agency's top officials." Imagine that. Iran improves its ability to enrich uranium in defiance of "strict"...
  • U.S., Iran to hold rare talks; subject is Iraq

    05/13/2007 11:11:06 PM PDT · by freedomdefender · 20 replies · 737+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 14 2007 | Ramin Mostaghim and Louise Roug,
    The U.S. and Iran will hold rare meetings within the next few weeks in Baghdad to discuss the insurgency in Iraq, officials from the two nations said Sunday. The talks, to be conducted between the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad and Iranian officials, would be the highest-level negotiations acknowledged between the two countries in recent years. The announcement suggested a new willingness on the part of the Bush administration to reach out to a longtime foe.
  • Bush joke kicks off Korea talks [North Korean generals recalling a joke about the US president]

    05/08/2007 11:13:21 AM PDT · by bedolido · 16 replies · 1,433+ views ^ | 5-8-2007 | Staff Writer
    Rare talks between military leaders from North and South Korea have got off to an unusual start with one of the North Korean generals recalling an internet joke about the US president. Tuesday's meeting at the border village of Panmunjom was intended to discuss the restoration of rail links after more than half a century. Both sides had previously agreed to a test-run across the heavily-fortified border on May 17th, but the North's military must first give its consent. "Have you heard the one about..." Kim Young-chol, left, gets things off to a light-hearted start
  • Legitimizing Iran

    05/01/2007 4:52:24 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 2 replies · 424+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 1 May 2007 | Staff
    War On Terror: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she might talk with Iran this week at a Mideast conference on Iraq. This would end a 28-year break in direct contact with Iran's rogue regime. It's a bad idea. We understand that Rice is keen on stabilizing Iraq. She understands a sad-but-true reality: Iraq's Shiite-led government sees Iran as every bit of an ally as the U.S.
  • Iran's leader proposes talks with Bush

    04/23/2007 4:59:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 492+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/23/07 | Nasser Karimi - ap
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's hard-line president proposed Monday to hold public talks with President Bush on a wide range of issues, without saying whether that included international suspicions of the Iranian nuclear program or allegations of Iranian meddling in Iraq. "Last year, I announced readiness for a televised debate over global issues with his excellency Mr. Bush. And now we announce that I am ready to negotiate with him about bilateral issues as well as regional and international issues," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying on the Web site of Al-Alam, Iran's state-run Arabic satellite television channel. The Iranian leader...
  • Russia slams missile shield, wants talks with U.S.

    03/27/2007 7:29:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 609+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/27/07 | Louis Charbonneau
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday U.S. plans to deploy a missile shield in central Europe would undermine global non-proliferation efforts and demanded serious discussions on the issue with Washington. "These plans will effectively remove the possibility of dealing with the threat to the nuclear non-proliferation regime with diplomatic means," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov wrote in the German newspaper Handelsblatt. The United States wants to deploy a radar system in the Czech Republic and 10 interceptor missiles in Poland by 2011-12. It says the system would counter threats from so-called "rogue states" like Iran and North Korea. Tehran...
  • Bush: Meeting with Foes Won't Confer Legitimacy

    03/01/2007 8:24:41 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 1 replies · 125+ views ^ | March 1, 2007 | by Scott Ott
    (2007-03-01) — President George Bush, under fire from conservatives for allowing U.S. emissaries to participate in high-level talks about Iraq with diplomats from Iran and Syria, today sought to downplay the idea that such meetings will confer legitimacy on U.S. foes, as his administration has previously asserted. “Until now, we refused this kind of get-together with Iran and Syria,” said President Bush, “because it would show other radical states that spitting in the face of the United Nations is an effective strategy for getting what you want.” However, the president noted, “since we’ve been following the U.N. plan with Iran,...
  • No bilateral talks with Iran, Syria: White House

    02/28/2007 11:10:57 PM PST · by familyop · 6 replies · 430+ views
    A US marine secures a position in the Iraqi-Syrian border town of Kusaiybah, in western Iraq, in 2005. The White House Wednesday again rejected bilateral talks with Iran and Syria despite agreeing to participate with the two countries in an international security conference on Iraq on March 10.(AFP/File/Patrick Baz) WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House Wednesday again rejected bilateral talks with Iran and Syria despite agreeing to participate with the two countries in an international security conference on Iraq on March 10. "There will not be bilateral talks between the United States and Iran, or the United States and Syria,...
  • Edwards: Lack Of Iran Talks A Mistake

    02/18/2007 4:12:22 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 489+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2-18-2007 | Todd Dvorak
    Edwards: Lack of Iran Talks a Mistake Sunday February 18, 2007 11:46 PM By TODD DVORAK Associated Press Writer DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards criticized the Bush administration on Sunday for failing to engage directly with Iran to resolve problems with the Iraq war and Iran's effort to develop nuclear weapons. ``It's a huge strategic mistake not to be dealing directly with Iran,'' Edwards told the Associated Press in an interview before a campaign event in Dubuque. ``What we should be doing with Iran, both on the Iraq issue and the nuclear issue, is being much...
  • Day after nuclear deal, Koreas say to resume talks

    02/13/2007 11:37:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 274+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/13/07 | Lee Jin-joo
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea said on Wednesday they had agreed to resume ministerial talks, a day after a breakthrough energy-for-arms deal at six-party talks on the North's nuclear programs in Beijing. The dialogue between the two Koreas -- still technically at war -- collapsed in acrimony after Pyongyang tested a volley of missiles last July. The South's Unification Ministry said delegates would meet in the North Korean border city of Kaesong on Thursday to discuss when to open new talks. North Korea's state-run news agency said Pyongyang agreed to the proposal for renewed contact between the two...
  • N. Korea talks resume on positive note (Chinese distribute draft agreement)

    02/08/2007 2:10:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 349+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/8/07 | Burt Herman - ap
    BEIJING - Talks on North Korea's nuclear programs resumed on a positive note Thursday, with the Chinese hosts distributing a draft agreement and the North agreeing in principle to initial steps to disarm. Envoys from six nations are trying to agree on steps to implement a September 2005 deal in which North Korea pledged to disarm in exchange for aid and security guarantees. The 2005 deal — the only one to emerge since negotiations began in 2003 — was a broad statement of principles that did not outline any concrete steps for dismantling North Korea's nuclear program. The main U.S....
  • U.S.: NKorea not serious in nuke talks

    12/21/2006 5:51:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 301+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/21/06 | Alexa Olesen - ap
    BEIJING - The U.S. envoy to six-party talks on dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons program said Friday that there were no signs of a breakthrough and accused the communist state of not being serious about the negotiations. Asked if there were any indications of a breakthrough ahead of the last day of talks Friday, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said, "No, I am not aware of any." After four days of negotiations in the wake of North Korea's Oct. 9 nuclear test, the North has refused to get into substantive discussions on its atomic weapons, envoys said. Instead,...
  • US senator [Democrat Bill Nelson] meets Syrian president for talks

    12/13/2006 11:47:37 AM PST · by jdm · 62 replies · 720+ views
    Reuters via yNet ^ | Dec 13, 2006
    US Senator Bill Nelson met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday, a week after a US bipartisan panel recommended the Bush administration engage Syria to help stabilize Iraq. Nelson, a Democrat, was named to the Senate Intelligence Committee this week and said he was on a fact-finding mission to the region. He left later for Amman, Jordan.