Last week, on 3 May, ETA announced its dissolution after more than 40 years of violence. A day later, Jonathan Powell together with Gerry Adams, Bertie Ahern, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas and Michel Camdessus issued the Declaration of Arnaga (endorsed by other internationals including Kofi Annan) to welcome this development which marks the end of the last violent conflict in Europe.
The Government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army (ELN) have agreed a temporary ceasefire. This is an historic moment and a significant step forward in the peace process they have embarked upon earlier on this year in Quito.
After marathon negotiations, the Colombian government and the FARC struck a new deal that serves as a road map to officially end five decades of war.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, is visiting the UK for three days as an official guest of Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Jonathan Powell has spent the past five years working with the Colombian government, through his charity Inter Mediate, on securing a peace deal with the FARC.
A peace deal in Colombia is still possible – as Jonathan Powell’s Northern Ireland experience shows.
I helped to broker the agreements in both countries, and with President Santos reaching out to the Farc and to Álvaro Uribe, there’s still a good chance to gain popular support
The 21st Century Panglong conference began in Burma/Myanmar on 31st August 2016. The opening of the five-day conference is the first step towards national reconciliation and political dialogue, and was joined by the stakeholders from the government, parliament, the army, 17 ethnic armed organizations, foreign diplomats and the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
In July 16 a group of international mediators joined Mozambique’s 12-strong ‘Mixed Commission’ of government and Renamo negotiators, to try and help them reach a political settlement that brings an end to fighting in the centre of the country.
Jonathan Powell on the Colombian peace process and what it could mean for other future negotiations in an interview with news outlet El Tiempo.
Talking to the Taliban is tough for many Americans to accept. Dick Cheney was speaking for many when he said, “We don’t negotiate with evil; we defeat it.” And yet, says Jonathan Powell, he’s dead wrong.
Representatives from rival factions in Libya's new parliament have held UN-brokered talks for the first time in the western oasis town of Ghadames. The process was strongly supported by the international community and included the participation of Jonathan Powell, the British Prime Minister's Special Envoy to Libya.
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Jonathan Powell on Turkey protests and the Kurdish peace process in an interview with the Guardian and Hürriyet Newspapers
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