Since the study of peace agreements has become the focus of peace and conflict scholars around the world, and since there is merit in conducting more thorough research on the durability of peace agreements, I thought I’d share with you a compilation of peace agreements concluded at the highest levels of political mediation (I am also sharing with you a range of locally brokered peace agreements, see previous posts). I’d be happy if you could leave comments or reflections and I will make sure to continuously update the agreements. Please note that most of the infos are taken from the Uppsala Conflict Database Project, links have been used to refer you back to this amazing site. More agreements from other projects will be shared subsequently as well as an upcoming analysis and appreciation of durable peace agreements.
- The Gbadolite declaration
The Gbadolite Declaration was signed in Zaire on 22 June 1989 between the government of Angola and the UNITA movement. The agreement outlined a process which would lead up to an agreement for a definitive peace in Angola. The agreement stipulated a ceasefire that would be effective from 24 June 1989, and cessation of all hostilities. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos signed for the government and Dr. Jonas Savimbi for UNITA. President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire mediated the talks. Several heads of African states including those from Zambia, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
- The Bicesse Agreement
The Bicesse Accords were signed in Lisbon, Portugal, on 31 May 1991. The agreement outlined the establishment of a ceasefire and a cessation of hostilities between the government and UNITA. The ceasefire covered the entire territory and entailed that the parties would refrain from importing lethal equipment, cease all types of attacks and sabotage and stop the spreading of hostile propaganda. The ceasefire was to be monitored by a joint commission, comprised of the two warring parties and a number of third party actors. Further, the agreement stipulated reforms of the military and security sector, creating an integrated army and a new police force. The talks leading up to the signing of the Bicesse Agreement were mediated by Portugal, while the UN, the USA and the USSR also took part in the process. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos signed for the government and Dr. Jonas Savimbi for UNITA.
- The Lusaka Protocol
The Lusaka Protocol was signed on the 20th of November 1994 by the government of Angola and UNITA under the mediation of the United Nations. The agreement aimed to implement and to some extent amend the earlier Bicesse Accords of 1991. The agreement reinstated the ceasefire from 1991 which included the withdrawal of UNITA forces from specific locations to allow for a UN monitoring and verification presence in these areas. A demobilization program was created under which military forces were to be demobilized and integrated into civilian society, within the framework of a national social reintegration program to be undertaken by both parties with the assistance of the international community. The ceasefire, the formation of the new armed forces and the demobilization would be monitored and verified by a joint commission and the UN. Angola’s Foreign Minister, Venancio de Moura, signed for the government and UNITA Secretary General Eugenio Manuvakola signed for the rebel movement.
- Memorandum of Understanding or Memorandum of Intent
The agreement is best understood as an addendum to the Lusaka Protocol and was signed on 4 April 2002. It reaffirmed a ceasefire and the withdrawal of UNITA troops to quartering locations for demobilization and integration into the national army. The agreement specified the exact numbers of troops to be integrated into the new military and police forces, including high-level posts such as generals and commanding officers. The agreement was mediated by the UN.
- Memorandum of Understanding on Peace and National Reconciliation in Cabinda province
The agreement was signed by Angolan minister for Territorial Administration, Virgilio de Fontes Pereira and Antonio Bento Bembe, who represented the Cabindan Forum for Dialogue (CFD). The agreement included provisions for a ceasefire, demilitarization of the CFD controlled areas and a reduction in the number of Angolan armed forces in Cabinda. African Union Chairman and President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou-Nguessou hosted the negotiations.
- Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement for Burundi
On 28 August, 2000, 19 parties, including the former warring parties CNDD, FROLINA and PALIPEHUTU signed the Arusha Peace Agreement in Tanzania. The agreement stipulated a ceasefire and a cessation of all hostile attacks, acts of violence against civilians, the supply of armaments and an end to hostile propaganda. The ceasefire entailed no concessions of territory, and all troops remained ‘in situ’, or were to be encamped in prearranged sites to await demobilization or integration into the new armed forces. A joint ceasefire commission was created in order to monitor and supervise the ceasefire and was composed of government delegates, members of the warring parties, the United Nations, the OAU and the Regional Peace Initiative for Burundi.
The peace agreement also provided for arrangements for a pre-transition, and then transition, period, which would be followed by democratic elections. The transitional period contained elements of a power-sharing arrangement, assuring the signatories and members of the civil society seats in a transitional National Assembly. A created Senate would be elected on an ethnic basis, ensuring ethnic balance in the higher levels of government. The talks were facilitated first by former Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere, and then former South African President Nelson Mandela took over. It was signed in the presence of heads of state of countries in the Great Lakes Region as well as representatives from the United Nations, Organization of African Unity (OAU).
- Ceasefire Agreement between the Transitional Government of Burundi and the Conseil national pour la défense de ladémocratie-Forces pour la défense de la démocratie
This agreement was signed on the 2nd of December 2002 and it brought the CNDD-FDD into the Arusha Accords process, which the rebel group had opposed in 2000. The agreement was a continuation of the initial Arusha Peace Process. President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda was host of the talks. President Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania, and President El Hadj Omar Bongo of Gabon assisted, and the South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma functioned as facilitator with strong support from President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa.
- The Global Ceasefire agreement between Transitional Government and the Forces pour la defence de la democratie (CNDD-FDD) of Mr. Nkúrunziza
The agreement signed on 16 November 2003 finalized the Burundian peace process, binding the parties to all the agreements signed from the 2 December 2002 ceasefire agreement up to the Pretoria protocols on outstanding issues. The agreement brought the CNDD-FDD into the Arusha process, leaving only Palipehutu-FNL outside the peace deals. The Global Ceasefire agreement reaffirmed the earlier agreements reached, and thus provided the CNDD-FDD with extensive power sharing arrangements in both the military/security and the political sectors. The negotiations were facilitated by then South African deputy president Jacob Zuma.
- Comprehensive Ceasefire Agreement between the Government of Burundi and the Palipehutu-FNL
The Comprehensive Ceasefire Agreement between the Palipehutu-FNL and the government of Burundi was signed in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on 7 September 2006 following negotiations since the end of May, which also lead up to the signing of the “Agreement of Principles Towards Lasting Peace, Security and Stability”, a peace process agreement of which this agreement is the final outcome. The agreement stipulated a ceasefire and a cessation of hostilities, to be monitored and verified by the Joint Verification and Monitoring Mechanism (JVMM), which was to be consisted of the AU, the UN and the warring parties. This mechanism was responsible for the assembly of Palipehutu-FNL combatants and their demobilisation, creation of criteria for integration into the army, or the reintegration into society of ex-combatants. The parties agreed to cease all propaganda between the parties and the incitement of ethnic hatred both within and outside the country. South Africa acted as a mediator and facilitator in the peace talks, which took place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The AU and the UN were obliged to take part in the JVMM to verify the ceasefire.
- Declaration of the Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Great Lakes region on the Burundi Peace Process
On 4 December 2008 President Nkurunziza and Palipehutu-FNL leader Agathon Rwasa signed a peace agreement in Bujumbura, Burundi. The agreement represented a solution to the final outstanding issues in the peace process between the parties, namely the issue of removal of ethnic references from Palipehutu-FNL’s name and integration of members of the organisation into government. In the agreement, Palipehutu-FNL acknowledged that its name was prohibited by the Burundian Constitution and agreed to change it in order to be able to register as a political party. The government agreed to integrate Palipehutu-FNL into the political process and to grant government positions to 33 of its senior members. The Regional Initiative chaired by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, South African Facilitation led by Minister Charles Nqakula led the negotiations.
Central African Republic
Accord de Paix Global entre le Gouvernement de la Republique Centrafricaine et les Mouvements politico-militaires centrafricains designes ci-apres: APRD, FDPC, UFDR
On 21 June 2008 the government of the Central African Republic and representatives of the UFDR, APRD and FDPC signed a peace agreement in Libreville, capital of Gabon. The parties agreed to participate in an inclusive political dialogue. They also agreed to commit to previous agreements including termination of hostilities and amnesty. Gabon facilitated the negotiations.
- The Famboni II Agreement
On 17 February 2001, the Famboni II Agreement was signed by the military government in the Comoro islands, the main opposition and the Anjouan separatists. The Deal was brokered by the OAU and the International Organisation of Francophonie (IOF). Under the agreement, a new transitional government was to be formed to oversee the installation of new institutions. Presidential and general elections were to be held in December 2001.
- Agreement on the transitional arrangements in the Comoros
The parties to the accord agreed that the federal constitution of 2002 was the correct tool for solving the conflict, and thus reaffirmed the federal structure of the Comoros. External defence would remain in the hands of the central government, whilst control of the local police would be placed under the authority of the ‘semi-autonomous’ islands. Further, the gendarmerie would be placed under the joint control of the island presidents to secure a peaceful environment for elections. The Comorian parties agreed to the holding of parliamentary elections within four months from the signing of the agreement and also to the establishment of a new customs regime, which would disperse customs income fairly between the parties. The parties also formed a joint commission for the implementation of the agreement. The agreement was witnessed by the AU, South Africa, Madagascar, Tanzania, Mauritius, Mozambique, France and UN.
Accord de Cessez-le-Feu et de Cessation des Hostilités
The agreement was signed on 29 December 1999 in Brazzaville. The accord follows a previous agreement, “Accord de Cessation des Hostilités en République du Congo”, which was signed on 16 November 1999. The agreement called for an immediate cessation of hostilities and the creation of a creation of a “comité de suivi mixte et paritaire” (CDS) to implement the accord. This committee was to oversee the disarmament of the militias, the integration of former fighters into the armed forces and collection of weapons from these groups. The accord also guaranteed the free circulation of people and their goods throughout the country, and allowed for former civil servants to resume their posts. Also stipulated in the accord was the launching of a national dialogue, a “Dialogue National sans exclusif”. This process was to lead to the drafting of a new constitution and to a series of elections to return the country to normal, multiparty political life. Gabon acted as the mediator of the talks.
Democratic Republic of Congo
- Lusaka Accord
The accord was signed on the 10th of July 1999. The warring parties agreed to a ceasefire, entailing a cessation of hostilities, an end to the movement of military forces and hostile propaganda and redeployment to defensive positions. Further, it was specified that there would be a complete withdrawal of foreign troops from the territory of the DRC within 9 months. A joint military commission, comprised of the warring parties and the UN/OAU observer groups, would be set up to ensure compliance with the ceasefire and to disarm identified militia groups such as the Mayi-Mayi and Interahamwé. Furthermore, it established the deployment of UN peacekeepers and the formation of a national army made up by government and rebel forces. Then Zambian president and Chairman of SADC Fredrick Chilumba mediated the negotiation process. the UN and the OAU were also involved.
- Declaration of Fundamental Principles for the Inter-Congolese dialogue
The agreement was signed on the 4th of May 2001 and it was signed by the government of DRC and senior officials from the RCD, MLC and RCD-ML. The agreement was a peace process agreement laying the foundations for the Inter-Congolese Dialogue. The agreement reconfirmed the parties committment to 14 principles:to respect the provisions of the Lusaka agreement, the sovereignity and the territorial integrity of the country, national reconciliation and a new political order for peace and reconstruction of the DRC, the inclusion of the political opposition and civil society in the dialogue, consensus as the means for adopting all decisions discussed in the negotiations, the holding of elections after the transitional period, the formation of an integrated national army, the utilization of national resources and to halt all acts of violence against civilians. The agreement was facilitated by former Botswana president Ketumile Masire and was also witnessed by Zambia.
- Global and Inclusive Agreement on the Transition in the Democratic Republic of Congo
The Global and Inclusive Agreement on the transition in the Democratic Republic of Congo was signed in Pretoria on 16 December 2002 during negotiations held by the Inter-Congolese Dialogue and included the warring parties, the political opposition and the civil society of the DRC. The parties reaffirmed the ceasefire modalities from the Lusaka Agreement, the Kampala Withdrawal Plan and the Harare Sub-Agreement in order to cease hostilities and to seek a peaceful solution to the conflict. The parties further agreed to form a restructured, integrated national army comprised of fighters from the different factions. Ketumile Masire was the facilitator as well as South Africa and Moustapha Niasse of Senegal, who had been appointed UN special envoy.
- Inter-Congolese Political Negotiations – The Final Act
In this agreement, the parties bound themselves to 36 Resolutions adopted by the Inter Congolese Dialogue, The Global and Inclusive Agreement and the Constitution of the Transition. They also reaffirmed the Lusaka Agreement. The Agreement was facilitated by the AU and was witnessed by the UN.
- 23 March 2009 Agreement/ The Ihussi Accord
The agreement reaffirmed CNDP’s commitment to integrate its members into the police and the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The parties also agreed on a far-reaching reform of the army and security services and the agreement also provided for the creation of a community-based police service to reflect local social diversity.
The CNDP would also be transformed into a political party and CNDP officials would be integrated into national politics. The parties also agreed on an evaluation of the Electoral Act. They also reaffirmed national sovereignty, territorial integrity, inviolability of national borders, human rights and fundamental freedoms and duties of citizens, the State as well as the Republican and apolitical nature of the armed forces and national police. Former Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo representing the UN and Benjamin William Mkapa representing the AU and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region mediated the negotiations.
- The Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo
The accord was signed on February 24, 2013 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia and was aimed at stabilizing the DRC. The agreement was backed by the UN and was also signed by eleven African countries – Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania. The agreement was signed after talks between the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), SADC, the AU and the UN, the framework agreement was eventually signed by Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic (CAR), Congo, the DRC, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia. The agreement called for political reforms in the DRC while requesting neighbouring countries to stop interfering in its affairs and the international community to renew its commitment to helping the country. A UN Special Envoy was to be appointed to support the Framework’s implementation.
The AU has lent support to a mediation agreement between Eritrea and Djibouti. Under the guidance of the mediator Qatar’s Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the countries have signed a deal in which the two countries agreed to settle their border dispute through mediation and peaceful means.
- Linas-Marcoussis Peace Accords
The agreement was signed on the 25th of January 2003 and it reaffirmed the Lomé ceasefire agreement, which was made possible through the deployment of French and ECOWAS forces. It was signed by representatives from the government, rebel groups and opposition political parties. The agreement also stated that the Government of National Reconciliation would undertake the process of regrouping its forces under French and ECOWAS supervision. France, UN and African heads of states facilitated the agreements.
- Accra II
This agreement was continuation of the process begun with the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement and was signed on 7 March 2003. The parties assured their full adherence to the Linas-Marcoussis agreement and also attempted to solve new, pressing, issues. It also addressed aspects of the power-sharing arrangements. It was mediated by ECOWAS and Ghana.
- Accra III
The agreement was signed on 30 July 2004 and it reaffirmed the Marcoussis and Accra II agreements. The parties agreed to start demobilisation on 15 October 2004. Elections were scheduled to be held in October 2005. A National Human Rights Commission was to be established. A tripartite monitoring mechanism consisting of ECOWAS, the African Union and the UN was established.
- Pretoria Agreement on the Peace Process in Côte d’Ivoire
The agreement called for cessation of hostilities, and reaffirmed the Linas-Marcoussis, Accra II and Accra III agreements. The parties further committed themselves to respecting the sovereignty, independence, integrity and unity of the Ivory Coast. The parties also committed themselves to disarm militias throughout the territory, implement the agreed upon DDR plan and to the formation of a restructured national army. The negotiations were mediated by former South African president Thabo Mbek.
- Ouagadougou Political Agreement
The agreement reaffirmed the commitment of the Forces Nouvelles and the Ivorian government to the Linas-Marcoussis, Accra and Pretoria agreements. It was signed on 4 March, 2007. The accord provided for the merger of the forces of the government and the FN and the deployment of mixed patrols in the former “zone of confidence” that had separated the government-controlled south from the north of Ivory Coast, occupied by the FN. It also included provisions for the identification of the population, the establishment of a green line observed by the United Nations as replacement of the area formerly covered by the “zone of confidence”; the disarmament of militias and their reintegration through civic service programmes; amnesty for crimes committed since September 2000. Blaise Compaoré, President of Burkina Faso and head of ECOWAS facilitated the negotiations. The agreement was followed by four Complementary Agreements to the Ouagadougou Political Agreement which were all facilitated by Compaoré.
NB: In December 2010, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga was appointed AU mediator for the Ivorian crisis. He held talks with the conflicting parties in December 2010 and January 2011. On January 19, 2011 Odinga announced that mediation to resolve the dispute had failed. The AU Peace and Security Council then established an expanded mediation panel comprising of African heads of state from Burkina Faso, Chad, South Africa, Mauritania and Nigeria.
- Abuja Peace Agreement
The agreement was signed on 1 November 1998 by President Joao Bernardo Vieira representing the government and General Ansumane Mane, leader of the military junta. The agreement reaffirmed the ceasefire and resolved that the withdrawal of the Senegalese and Guinean troops be conducted simultaneously with the deployment of an ECOMOG interposition force. Furthermore, the agreement stipulated for a government of national unity, comprising both rebels and members of the present government, to be formed and for elections to be held no later than March 1999.On 15 December an Additional Protocol to the Abuja agreement was signed which outlined the composition of the Government of National Unity. ECOWAS mediated the negotiation process.
- Tripoli Plan of Action on Guinea Bissau
On August 31, 2010 The Tripoli Plan of Action was endorsed by the AU which stressed the need to ensure the early deployment in Guinea Bissau, with the support of the UN, the EU and other AU partners, of a joint AU-ECOWAS stabilization mission to consolidate peace and stability. The mission has furthermore lent the necessary support to the Government in security sector reform, post-conflict reconstruction and development and fight against drug trafficking. In October the AU appointed Prof. Sebastiao da Silva Isata, from Angola, as his Special Representative for Guinea Bissau.
The National Accord
Following the violence that erupted in the aftermath of the 2007 presidential elections, a series of negotiations took place between President Mwai Kibaki’s Party of National Unityand opposition Orange Democratic Movement led by Raila Odinga. The negotiations were mediated by the African Union’s Panel of Eminent Africans, which was led by Kofi Annan. The agreement gave birth to the Unity government. The parties agreed to end the violence, address the humanitarian situation, and resolve the political crisis. The parties agreed to examine long-standing sources of grievances and establish an Independent Review Commission to examine the electoral process. They also agreed to form a Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission, a Commission on Inquiry on Post-Election Violence and a Constitutional Review Commission.
- Banjul III Agreement
The agreement was signed on the 24th of October 1990, in Gambia, by the government of Liberia and the INPFL movement. It contained a ceasefire arrangement which entailed a cessation of all military activity, and a confinement of troops to locations determined in consultation with the ECOMOG force. It also provided for the release of all hostages, political prisoners and prisoners of war. The negotiations were mediated Gambia and the ECOWAS Standing Mediation Committee.
- Bamako Ceasefire Agreement
Signed on the 28th of November, 1990 by all the parties in the Liberian conflict, the agreement contained a ceasefire. The parties also agreed to resolve their differences with regards to the formation of an Interim Government. The agreement was facilitated by ECOWAS states.
- Banjul IV Agreement
The agreement was signed on the 21st of December, 1990 by Warring Parties of Liberia. It included a continuation of the ceasefire agreed upon in the Bamako agreement and the formation of an Interim government. The parties also agreed that all seaports and airports would be considered military free zones. The agreement was brokered by ECOWAS states.
An All-Liberian National Conference was to be held within 60 days to discuss the modalities involved in the establishment of an interim regime. The Interim government was to disarm the warring parties upon its formation.
- Lomé Agreement
The agreement was signed on 13 February 1991 by The Armed Forces of Liberia, The National Patriotic Front of Liberia and The Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia. The agreement included a ceasefire plan and disarmament. The agreement stipulated for the appointment of a new interim government and presidential and legislative elections had been called for October 1991. The Standing Mediation Committee (SMC) which was established by ECOWAS in May 1990 mediated the negotiations.
- Yamoussoukro IV Peace Agreement
Signed on 30 October 1991, agreement included a ceasefire, the creation of a buffer zone on the Liberian-Sierra Leonean border, disarmament by ECOMOG and national elections within 6 months. It was signed by the warring parties in Liberia. The negotiations were led by ECOWAS.
- Akosombo Peace Agreement
The agreement was signed in Ghana on 12 September, 1994. The agreement contained some amendments to the agreements reached on the armed forces. Total demobilization remained as the main regulation of conflict behaviour, but new specifications for the establishment of a new military force were made. The demobilization of the troops and the subsequent formation of a new national army were to be the responsibility of the Transitional Government. It was signed by the National Patriotic Front of Liberia, the United Liberation Movement of Liberia for Democracy and Armed Forces of Liberia. The talks were facilitated by Ghana.
- Abuja Peace Agreement
The agreement was signed on 19 August, 1995 by the warring factions. The Abuja Accord managed to bring the leaders of all warring factions into the transitional government. A new ceasefire was declared and took effect on 26 August 1995. The talks were brokered by ECOWAS, Nigeria, OAU and UN.
- Abuja II Peace Agreement
The agreement was signed on 17 August, 1996 and was a supplement to the first Abuja Peace Agreement. It extended the life span of the Transitional Government. ECOWAS facilitated the agreement.
- Accra Ceasefire Agreement
Signed on the 17th June, 2003, the agreement was signed by Hon. Daniel L. Chea Snr. Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Liberia (GOL), Mr. Kabineh Janneh (LURD) and Mr. Tiah J.D. Slanger (MODEL). The warring parties committed themselves to refraining from any act that might constitute a violation of the agreement, and an ECOWAS joint verification team was to be set up. In addition, a joint monitoring committee (ECOWAS, UN, African Union and the ICGL) would monitor the ceasefire. The parties agreed on the need for the deployment of an international stabilization force in Liberia. The warring parties, political parties and stakeholders were to engage in dialogue to seek a lasting peace agreement. The agreement was mediated by General Abdulsalami Abubakar and representatives from ECOWAS, UN, AU and ICGL.
- Accra Peace Agreement
The agreement was signed on 18 August, 2003 and it provided for the establishment of a transitional power-sharing government called the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL). The parties reaffirmed the earlier ceasefire and agreed to a national process of cantonment, disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation and reintegration of the armed forces. It was signed by all the warring parties in Liberia. General Abdulsalami Abubakar mediated the negotiations. ECOMIL and UNMIL were also involved.
- Algiers Agreement
The agreement was signed on the 31st of August 1989 by Libya and Chad. And was a Framework Agreement on the peaceful settlement of the territorial dispute. The parties reaffirmed the ceasefire, and agreed to end any support to the hostile forces of either of the two countries. They also agreed to withdraw their troops from the area within a year unless a political settlement allowed them to remain. The countries agreed to exchange prisoners-of-war and end media attacks on each other. The agreement also provided for the establishment of a mixed commission to oversee the implementation of the agreement. the OAU and Algeria facilitated the talks.
Political Road map
On 17 September 2011, Madagascar’s rival parties signed an agreement that was meant to pave the way for elections within a year and for the lifting of sanctions that were imposed by SADC following the 2009 coup. The agreement also provided for the unconditional return of former president Marc Ravalomanana, who had gone into exile after he had been ousted in 2009. Former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano was nominated by SADC to mediate the talks. Chissano received assistance from the AU, UN and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF)
On April 11, 1992, the Malian Government and the Azawad Unified Movements and Fronts (MFUA) signed the National Pact. The Pact was signed in Bamako and finalized the Mopti Accord, which had been signed in 1991. The agreement stipulated a new ceasefire, which forbade further movements of troops and froze the armed forces of both parties in the locations they occupied. A military pact was made, in which the Tuareg rebels were to be voluntarily integrated into the military, police or gendarmerie. The North was to be completely demilitarized. The agreement finalized the provisions of the Mopti accord, amending the political structure of Mali through a decentralization of authority to regional and sub-regional assemblies of an executive character. The National Pact was mediated by Algeria and the country was also a guarantor of the Pact. Ahmed Baba Miske (from Mauritania) and Edgar Pisani (France) also played a role in the mediation leading up to the National Pact.
The Acordo Geral de Paz (AGP)
The agreement was signed on the 4th of 1992 by the Government of Mozambique and RENAMO. The talks were mediated by The Roman Catholic community of Saint Egidio, the Archbishop of Beira and the Italian government. This agreement incorporated all the protocols that had been signed by the parties and it finalized the peace process. According to the agreement, a ceasefire was to come into place after its ratification by the assembly, under which a phased cessation of hostilities was stipulated. Both forces were to withdraw from their positions to encampment sites where they were either integrated into the new armed units, or demobilized. The final agreement contained a military pact, which stipulated that a new army consisting of 30 000 men would be established, with each party contributing 15,000 men each. The remainders of the forces were to be disarmed and demobilized under UN supervision.
The Greentree agreement
The agreement was signed on 12 June 2006 by Nigeria and Cameroon. The agreement provided for the withdrawal of Nigerian troops from the Bakassi Peninsula and was facilitated by the UN, Germany, the US, France and the UK.
- Agreement establishing permanent peace between the government of Niger and ORA
On the 15th of April 1995 the Niger government signed a comprehensive peace agreement with the Coordination of the Armed Resistance (CRA), now renamed the ORA in Niamey, Niger. The agreement instituted a ceasefire, and also reaffirmed the earlier ceasefire from 1994. The agreement further stipulated a restructuring of the armed forces of Niger, which entailed an integration of ORA fighters into its ranks. There were also reforms in the security sector, with rebel integration into these forces and the creation of a special security task force for the northern areas of Niger (Air and Azawad). It was mediated by Algeria, France and Burkina Faso, and a peace committee was established to ensure implementation of the agreement. Maï Maï Gana signed the agreement for the government of Niger, Rissa Ag Bula for the ORA, Laala Mohamed for the Algerian mediators, Alain Deschamps for the French mediators and Ablassé Ouedrago for the Burkinabe mediators.
- The inter- Niger Dialogue
After limited progress made by the Inter-Nigerien Dialogue established by ECOWAS mediator General Abdulsalami A. Abubakar, which started on 21 December 2009, the AU appointed Prof. Albert Tevoedejre in March 2010 as Special Envoy for Niger. The appointment was part of support provided by the AU to strengthen the mediation efforts of Abubakar. The Special Envoy was tasked to work towards the establishment of a consensual roadmap leading to the restoration of the constitutional order and the holding of free and fair multiparty elections.
Signed on 4 August 1993, the Arusha Accords comprised a general agreement and six attached protocols that were all combined into a whole to form this comprehensive agreement. The parties reaffirmed the N´Sele Ceasefire Agreement, the first of the six agreements, which instated a Neutral Corridor separating the warring parties from each other. The agreement provided for the establishment of a power sharing arrangement and also allowed for repatriation of all Rwandan refugees and the return of internally displaced persons to their homes. It was facilitated b Tanzania, the OAU and the UN.
- Abidjan Peace Agreement
Signed on 30 November 1996, the agreement was signed by the government of Sierra Leone and the Revolutionary United Front. The agreement stipulated a cessation of hostilities and military reforms. To monitor the ceasefire a Joint Monitoring Group comprising the government and RUF and a Neutral Monitoring Group comprising members from the international community were established. Political reforms included the restructuring of the National Electoral Commission, and the transformation of the RUF/SL into a legal political party that would enjoy freedom of the press, access to the media and other democratic rights. The talks were facilitated by Cote d’Ivoire; the United Nations; the Organization of African Unity (OAU); the Commonwealth Organization.
- Lomé Peace Agreement
The agreement was signed on 7 July 1999 by the government of Sierra Leone and RUF. The agreement stipulated a ceasefire and a cessation of hostilities, to be monitored by a committee chaired by UNOMSIL and participated in by the government and RUF. A new national army was to be formed as well. A general amnesty was issued and a program for the voluntary return of refugees and IDP’s was established. The agreement was signed under the auspices of ECOWAS, Togo, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, OAU, UN, and the Commonwealth. The agreement was followed by the Abuja Ceasefire Agreement which reaffirmed earlier agreements and also paved the way for the recommencing of the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Programme.
- Addis Ababa Agreement
On 27 March 1993, a partial peace agreement was signed in Addis Ababa by the various parties involved in the Somali conflict. In the agreement the parties firstly committed themselves to a previously signed ceasefire agreement, and to complete disarmament through the handover of weapons to UNITAF/UNOSOM (the multinational United Task Force that was transformed into the UN Operation in Somalia). A restructuring of the national police force would commence, in order to create an impartial national and regional police force.
Secondly, the parties agreed to set up a Transitional National Council (TNC) and three other transitional organs, for a period of two years, which would eventually lead to democratic governance, the rule of law, decentralisation of power, and the protection of human rights and individual liberties. The TNC would have legislative functions during the transition period, and it would further establish an independent judiciary. It would be composed of representatives from all regions in Somalia and all political factions that participated in the National Reconciliation Conference (and consequently signed the agreement). Moreover, Central Administrative Departments, Regional Councils and District Councils would be established. Hence, the incompatibility of government was given a solution through this agreement.
The agreement was signed after 13 days of negotiations brokered by the UN. It was signed by Mohammed Qanyare Afrah (government), Gen. Mohammed Farah H Aideed (USC faction), Mohamed R. Arbow (SAMO), Mohamed F. Abdullahi (SDA), Addi Musse Mavow (SDM), Mohamed Nur Alio (SDM/SNA), Ali Ismail Abdi (SNDU), Gen. Omar Haji Mohamed (SNF), Mohamed Rajis Mohamed (SNU), Gen. Aden Abdulluhi Nur (SPM), Ahmed Hashi Mahmmud (SPM/SNA), Gen. Mohdammed Abshir Mussa (SSDF), Abdi Warsame Isaq (SSNM), Abdurahman Dualch Al (USF) and Mohamed Abdi Hashi (USP)
- The Djibouti Agreement (19 August 2008)
This agreement marked the official signing of a political agreement between the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (TFG) and the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS) that had been agreed on earlier. The agreement provided for the cessation of hostilities and the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops. The UN mediated the negotiations and was signed by the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the Alliance for Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS).
This agreement was followed by the Decision of the High Level Committee, Djibouti Agreement. The agreement provided a framework for the establishment of a Unity Government, consisting of members drawn from both the TFG and the ARS. The negotiations were also mediated by the United Nations and were signed by Ahmed Abdisalaan Adan of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and Abdirahman A. Warsame of the Alliance for Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS).
- Machakos Protocol
The agreement was signed on 20 July 2002 by SPLM/A, and the government of Sudan. The framework agreement included the general procedures for a transitional process and an agreement to hold further negotiations to specify the terms of the framework. It also included a pre-transition period of six months, a six-year transition period, followed by an internationally supervised referendum on Southern Sudan’s independence. During the transition period a broad-based government would rule and the southern states would be given some degree of autonomy. The agreement was facilitated by Kenya and was witnessed by IGAD.
- Agreement on Security Arrangements During the Interim Period
The agreement was signed on the 25th of September 2003 and it was part of the Machakos process. The parties agreed that an internationally monitored ceasefire would come into place once the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed. They also agreed that during the interim period a small number of joint/integrated units would be created to be stationed in Southern Sudan, Khartoum, the Nuba Mountains and the Blue Nile territories. Kenya facilitated the agreement.
- Framework on Wealth Sharing During the Pre-Interim and Interim Period
Signed on the 7th of January 2004, the agreement was also part of the Machakos process. The parties agreed on a 50-50 split of oil revenues in southern Sudan. They also agreed on separate banking systems in the north and the south. Kenya facilitated the agreement.
- Protocol Between the GOS and SPLM on Power Sharing
The agreement was signed on the 26th May, 2004 and it was also part of the Machakos process. Central to this agreement were; the establishment of an interim constitution, the creation of a Government of Southern Sudan and a power-sharing arrangement at the central government level. The agreement was also facilitated by Kenya.
- The Protocol Between the GOS and SPLM on the Resolution of Conflict in Abyei Area
The agreement was also signed on the 26th of May 2004 and it was also part of the Machakos process. It dealt with the issue of the Abyei area on the border between Northern and Southern Sudan. The agreement stated that a joint battalion, comprised of forces from SPLM/A, and the Government of the Sudan, was to be stationed in the area through the Interim period.
- The Protocol Between the GOS and SPLM on the Resolution of Conflict in Southern Kordofan/Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile States
The agreement was also signed on the 26th of May 2004 and was part of the Machakos protocol. The parties agreed on the administration of these contested areas on the border between the north and the south. The agreement reaffirmed the standing of the two entities of Southern Kordofan and the Blue Nile States as federal states of Sudan. The parties agreed to a power-sharing arrangement in the state legislature of these two entities, with 55% of seats in the hands of the NPC (the party governing Sudan) and 45% of seats under the control of the SPLM. Kenya facilitated the agreement.
- Cairo Framework Agreement between the GoS and the NDA
The agreement was signed on the 15th of January 2005 by the government of Sudan and the umbrella rebel group NDA. The framework agreement outlined the issues involved in reaching a comprehensive peace and complemented the SPLM peace agreement. It called for the abolishing emergency laws and statutes restricting freedoms. It also provided methods of allowing for power sharing and the dissolution of NDA forces. Negotiations were held in Egypt, and Egyptian officials presided over the signing ceremony.
- Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement
Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed on 9 January, 2005 was the final peace agreement that concluded the Machakos process that had been on-going since July 2002. After signing several partial agreements, (also referred to as protocols) the parties managed to agree on all details of the agreement. some of the issues agreed on included; the south was to be given autonomy for an interim period of 6 years, followed by a referendum in 2011 with the option of independence from Sudan; John Garang, the leader of SPLM/A, was to appointed First Vice President, and SPLM/A was also given 28 per cent of the seats in the National Government. The mediation of the agreements was led by IGAD, and facilitated by the international community. A referendum was held in January 2011 and the republic of South Sudan was born.
- Agreement between the GoS and the NDA (Cairo Agreement)
The agreement was signed on 18 June 2005 and was signed by the Government of Sudan and the NDA. The agreement stipulated that Sudan would be a multiparty non-confessional democracy with equal rights for all citizens and be open to all political parties. The NDA, previously being banned and in exile, were to be allowed to return to Sudan to conduct democratic politics and take part in the drafting of the new Sudanese constitution. Negotiations were held in Egypt.
- Darfur Peace Agreement
The Darfur Peace Agreement was signed on 5 May 2006 by the Government of Sudan and the SLM/MM (Minni Mannawi faction). The agreement covered such issues as national and state power-sharing, demilitarization of the Janjaweed and other militias, an integration of SLM/A and JEM troops into the Sudanese Armed Forces and police, a system of federal wealth-sharing for the promotion of Darfurian economic interests, a referendum on the future status of Darfur and measures to promote the flow of humanitarian aid into the region.
The agreement also contained a comprehensive ceasefire agreement (CFA), which reaffirmed in particular the N’Dajema Agreement of April 2004. The CFA forbade mobilization, recruitment, military actions and propaganda, and stipulated the release of all detainees. It also contained measures to protect humanitarian aid routes and IDPs. It was meant to be signed by SLM/AW and JEM as well as SLM/MM, but the two former groups refused to sign, leading to the peace agreement mentioning all groups, but applying only to SLM/MM. The AU was the chief mediator in the negotiations.
- The Doha Agreement
On 23 February 2010 JEM and the government of Sudan signed a peace process agreement in Doha, capital of Qatar. The agreement was negotiated by Chad and three days before the signature of this agreement a ceasefire agreement was signed in the Chadian capital, N’Djamena. The agreement states that JEM will become a political party after the signing of a final agreement. Moreover, it is stipulated that JEM should share power at all levels and that the administration of Darfur will be part of a final agreement
- Addis Ababa Agreement
The agreement was signed on the 28th of June 2011 by the government of Sudan and SPLM/A-North. The chief negotiator for the agreement was the former South African President Thabo Mbeki who represented the African Union. The agreement pledged to pave the way for comprehensive political and security arrangements of the two contested states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. It also stipulated that a joint political committee will be formed and that the issue of governance in the states should be resolved by the joint committee. The agreement also included principles on cessation of hostilities and ceasefire. The contested issue of disarmament was also included and it was agreed that any disarmament should be done in amicably.
- Temporary Arrangements for the Administration and Security of Abyei Area
The agreement was signed on 20 June 2011. It was signed by Sudan and South Sudan. The agreement provided a temporary administrative arrangement for Abyei. The agreement also stipulated the redeployment from Abyei of military forces of the government of Sudan and South Sudan. In addition, an Interim Security Force for Abyei (ISFA) composed of Ethiopian troops was to be deployed. The negotiations leading to the signing of the agreement were facilitated by the African Union High Level Implementation Panel led by Thabo Mbeki
- Addis Ababa Agreement on Border Issues
The agreement was signed on 27 September 2012 by the governments of Sudan and South Sudan. The agreement stipulated that the border between Sudan and South Sudan should be soft and peaceful. It also included the commitment of the two countries to demarcate the border. It was facilitated by the African Union High Level Implementation Panel
- Addis Ababa Agreement on Cooperation
The agreement was also signed on the 27th of September 2012. The peace agreement brought together several agreements signed between the two parties. It stipulated that the two nations cooperate over issues such as border issues, security arrangements and economic issues (oil in particular). The negotiations leading up to the agreement were led by African Union High Level Implementation Panel and IGAD.
- Addis Ababa Agreement on Security Arrangements
Also signed on September 27 2012, the agreement called for both parties to withdraw their forces from each other’s territories. It also stated that a demilitarized zone between the two parties was to be created. African Union High Level Implementation Panel led the negotiations.
- Agreement on Comprehensive Solutions between the Government of the Republic of Uganda and Lord’s Resistance Army
The agreement was signed on 2 May 2007 was signed as part of the Juba peace process, which began in mid-2006. The accord provided general guidelines for addressing the long-term economic, political and social issues that afflicted northern Uganda. Under the accord equal opportunities and treatment, diversity in government institutions, redevelopment of the North’s economic and educational infrastructure and the resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs) were identified as prioritised areas in building a sustainable peace. Dr. Samson L. Kwaje from South Sudan mediated the negotiations.
- Agreement on Accountability and Reconciliation between the Government of the Republic of Uganda and the Lord\’s Resistance Army/Movement
This was the second agreement to be signed under the Juba process and was signed on 29 June 2007. The agreement provided for the formation of a domestic legal framework that would function as a substitute for ICC prosecutions. This was to be complemented by alternative processes like traditional justice. Under the accord, the rebel commanders that were accused of serious crimes were to face formal criminal and civil justice proceedings in courts, which could impose alternative penalties and sanctions. Abuses by the national army were to be pursued in the criminal justice system. South Sudan mediated the talks.
- Agreement on Implementation and Monitoring Mechanisms
The agreement was signed on the 29 February 2008 and it included all the agreements that had been signed in the Juba process. Under the accord, the parties agreed on an Implementation Schedule which was to be attached to the Final Peace Agreement, setting out all relevant dates and timeframes. Furthermore, the agreement also provided for the establishment of an ‘Oversight Forum’ to oversee and monitor the implementation of the Final Peace Agreement and to provide advice and support to the parties and any relevant institutions established under the Final Peace Agreement. South Sudan mediated the talks. Several African countries were also involved in the process.
Global Political Agreement
The agreement was signed on the 15th of September 2008 by ZANU PF and the two MDC formations following the disputed 2008 harmonised elections. The country had experienced widespread political violence after the election. The AU, UN and SADC endorsed former South African president Thabo Mbeki as mediator of the Zimbabwe crisis. The agreement gave birth to the current Government of National Unity. The parties agreed to work together to create a genuine, viable, permanent, sustainable and nationally acceptable solution to the Zimbabwe situation and in particular to implement the GPA with the aims of resolving the political and economic situations and charting a new political direction for the country.
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