Peter Hain

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If Russia and Iran have been culpable, there has been a catastrophic failure of diplomacy by the west and its allies. UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon’s call for a ceasefire and an arms embargo is a welcome challenge to the west’s floundering policy. Britain, France and the US, as well as their allies, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, need to recognise that neither side is going to win the civil war engulfing Syria. Nor will the Turkey’s call for western military intervention to halt the humanitarian disaster resolve the crisis. A political solution has to be the priority.

The Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad, is reported to be willing to consider the proposal by the UN-Arab League envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, for a ceasefire for the four-day Eid al-Adha holiday on 26 October.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Peter Hain, MP for Neath and former secretary of state for Northern Ireland. A longer lecture on this subject, delivered today in New York, will be available at http://as.nyu.edu/irelandhouse.html (THE GUARDIAN, 05/06/08):

Observing Northern Ireland today, it’s hard to recognise what was, just a decade or so ago, the theatre for such horror, barbarity, hate and bigotry. For 14 months now, old enemies have worked together – and even smiled at each other – when they had never exchanged a courtesy before.

Last year’s historic agreement has so far stuck, and I believe will stick through ups and downs, precisely because it was brokered between the two most politically polarised positions – Ian Paisley’s Democratic Unionist Party and Gerry Adams’ Sinn Féin.…  Seguir leyendo »