Welcome to “Global Conflict This Week,” a series that highlights developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week. Stay up to date on these conflicts and others with the online interactive, the Global Conflict Tracker, from the Center for Preventive Action (CPA).
Meetings to Watch at UNGA Next Week
The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan were expected to meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, according to an Indian official. The announcement followed a request by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to restart peace talks. However, the Indian government called off the talks, citing the “latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of twenty postage stamps by Pakistan glorifying a terrorist and terrorism.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he invited North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho to meet on the sidelines of UNGA to restart talks aimed at achieving North Korean denuclearization by 2021. The move comes after a summit between Korean leaders in Pyongyang this week. South Korean President Moon Jae-in also announced that he will carry a private message from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to President Donald J. Trump when the two meet in New York.
Separately, North Korea announced this week that it will allow experts to observe the closure of its missile engine testing site and launch pad in Dongchang-ri.
ICC to Probe Myanmar’s Rohingya Abuses
The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said that she has opened a preliminary examination into the forced displacement of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh. The announcement came the same day the UN-backed Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar released a report of its findings on the situation in three Myanmar states.
Plans Announced for Demilitarized Zone in Syria’s Idlib Province
Russia and Turkey announced a plan to establish a demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib, to be set up by October 15.