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Cease-fire Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    cease-fire n : a state of peace agreed to between opponents so they can discuss peace terms [syn: armistice, truce]
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Cease-fire'


A ceasefire (or truce) is a temporary stoppage of a war in which each side agrees with the other to suspend aggressive actions. Ceasefires may be declared as part of a formal treaty, but they have also been called as part of an informal understanding between opposing forces. An armistice is a formal agreement to end fighting.

During World War I, on December 24, 1914, there was an unofficial ceasefire as France, the United Kingdom, and Germany observed Christmas. No treaty was signed, and the war resumed after a few days.

On January 15, 1973, President Richard Nixon ordered a ceasefire of the aerial bombings in North Vietnam. The decision came after Dr Henry Kissinger, the National Security Affairs advisor to the president, returned to Washington from Paris France with a draft peace proposal. Combat missions continued in South Vietnam. By January 27, 1973, all warring parties in the Vietnam War signed a ceasefire as a prelude to the Paris Peace Accord.

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  • Pakistan Taliban: Ceasefire over
    The Pakistan Taliban said Wednesday they will not extend a cease-fire with the Pakistani government, six days after a weekslong pause in hostilities officially ended. Read more on this news related to 'Cease-fire'
  • Pakistan Taliban End Cease-Fire, Setting Back Peace Prospects
    Pakistani Taliban militants said they were ending a cease-fire with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government, a blow to efforts to end more than a decade of violence in the nuclear-armed nation. Read more on this news related to 'Cease-fire'
  • Taliban Talks at Standstill as Pakistani Militants Cancel Truce
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan - The Pakistani Taliban has formally ended a 40-day truce, saying the government had stepped up attacks during the cease-fire and refused to release hundreds of prisoners as the militants demanded. Read more on this news related to 'Cease-fire'

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