From Gaza To The World: 5 Historical Ceasefire Demands In International Politics

Discover the world's yearning for peace in moments of ceasefire demands. From Gaza's cry for a truce to historical echoes of hope, explore our collective pursuit of harmony in international politics.

Oshi Saxena
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Throughout history, the world has witnessed numerous conflicts and wars, each marked by its own unique circumstances and consequences. Amidst these tumultuous times, there have been moments when the cry for peace was heard and demands for ceasefires emerged.


The recent call for a ceasefire and humanitarian access throughout Gaza has once again brought the importance of such agreements to the forefront. As we delve into the present situation and reflect on history, we discover that the demand for ceasefires is a universal cry for peace.

1. UN Agencies Call for Ceasefire in Gaza (Present)

The world watched with bated breath as UN agencies recently called for a ceasefire and humanitarian access throughout Gaza. The Israel-Hamas war had escalated, resulting in immense suffering for the people caught in the crossfire.


In a powerful show of solidarity, pro-Palestine demonstrators rallied at the US Capitol, echoing the UN's call for a ceasefire. The demonstration, organized by Jewish anti-Zionist groups, conveyed a message that transcended after an explosion at Al-Ahli al-Arabi Hospital claimed the lives of 500 people. In various parts of the Middle East, including the Israeli-occupied Palestinian West Bank, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia, people joined their voices to plead for peace. These events vividly underscore the widespread desire for an immediate end to hostilities.

Despite heavy airstrikes and rising casualties in Gaza. The resolution, which called for a humanitarian truce and adherence to international humanitarian law, received 120 affirmative votes. India, one of the 45 countries that abstained, stood out in South Asia, as all other nations in the region supported the resolution. Despite voting in favor of an amendment condemning Hamas, India's representative chose not to name the organization. The emergency session, held under the "Uniting for Peace" mandate, aimed to address the Security Council's deadlock due to veto powers exercised by its permanent members

2. Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict (2020 & 2023)


In 2020 and 2023, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, long a symbol of deep-rooted enmity, witnessed rays of hope with ceasefires brokered by Russia. The ceasefire proposed by Russian peacekeepers brought a glimmer of optimism, though the path to lasting peace remained uncertain.

Amid a series of battlefield setbacks at the hands of Azerbaijani forces, separatist Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh ultimately agreed to the ceasefire terms. It was a moment that highlighted the potential for dialogue to halt even the most entrenched conflicts. The agreement paved the way for de-escalation and a peaceful resolution.

3. Israel-Hamas Ceasefire (2021)

The 11-day war between Israel and Hamas in 2021 brought widespread destruction to Gaza and left over 200 people dead. The ceasefire, brokered with international mediation, was a moment of respite, albeit temporary. This conflict highlighted the importance of ceasefires in halting violence and allowing humanitarian aid to reach the affected areas.

4. Syrian Civil War (2011–present)

The ongoing Syrian Civil War, which began in 2011, underscores the relentless pursuit of peace amid turmoil. Over the years, multiple ceasefires and peace negotiations have been attempted to restore stability to a region plagued by conflict. While these attempts have been fragile, they serve as a testament to the unwavering commitment to finding a peaceful solution.


The scale of suffering in Syria is immense, with hundreds of thousands of lives lost. The international community, recognizing the dire need for a cessation of hostilities, has repeatedly called for a ceasefire. In this protracted conflict, ceasefires have been elusive, yet the global resolve to end the suffering endures.

5. Sri Lankan Civil War (1983–2009)

In a nation torn apart by a 25-year civil war, the year 2002 brought a ceasefire attempt that, though fragile, illuminated the possibilities of peace. The Sri Lankan government signed a ceasefire with the Tamil Tigers, hinting at the potential for dialogue to quell long-standing conflicts. Sadly, it was not to last, but it remains an example of the yearning for peace in war-torn regions.

The journey to peace in Sri Lanka was far from straightforward. Ceasefires were followed by periods of renewed hostilities, but the persistence of international efforts revealed a profound longing for a peaceful resolution.

Ultimately, the conflict ended in 2009 with the Sri Lankan government declaring victory, but the ceasefires throughout the conflict showed the importance of diplomatic efforts in ending hostilities.

Historical Events Worldwide Demanding Ceasefires

While contemporary events continue to shape our understanding of ceasefires, historical conflicts have also been marked by crucial moments of cessation. The events below serve as testaments to the power of diplomacy and the human yearning for peace:

From the extraordinary Christmas truce during World War I, where enemies set aside their arms to exchange gifts, to the Korean Armistice Agreement in 1953 that ended the Korean War, these events remind us of the capacity for diplomacy to quell hostilities.

In the Suez Crisis of 1956, international pressure compelled foreign forces to withdraw, restoring sovereignty to Egypt. The Paris Peace Accords of 1973 marked a turning point in the Vietnam War, offering hope for a nation torn apart by conflict. The ceasefire of 1921 between the Red Army and the White Army during the Russian Civil War revealed that even deeply entrenched hostilities could be halted through negotiation.

The Yom Kippur War of 1973 saw international pressure leading to a ceasefire, ending a conflict that had engulfed the Middle East. In the heart of the Lebanese Civil War from 1975 to 1990, ceasefires and peace negotiations demonstrated the power of dialogue in times of crisis. The Falklands War in 1982, with international calls for a ceasefire, brought an end to a conflict steeped in geopolitical intricacies.

The Bosnian War's Dayton Agreement in 1995 breathed new life into Bosnia and Herzegovina, halting the bloodshed that had torn the nation asunder. The Kosovo Conflict was quelled through international pressure, revealing the delicate art of diplomacy in quelling regional tensions. During the Second Intifada from 2000 to 2005, Israel and Palestine witnessed multiple ceasefires and brief moments of respite amidst enduring turmoil.

As we reflect on these contemporary and historical events, one common thread emerges the human desire for peace and the belief in diplomacy as a means to end violence. Ceasefires may be fleeting, but they serve as crucial interludes, allowing for humanitarian aid, dialogue, and hope to flourish amidst the chaos of international politics.

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