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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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  • Israeli fire on Gaza town raises war crimes claim
    RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — The first of August dawned as a day of promise for the Mahmoum clan and thousands of other Palestinians stuck in United Nations shelters in Rafah — thanks to a temporary cease-fire with Israel they could go home for three days. Read more on this news related to 'Cease-fire'
  • Israel, Hamas reach cease-fire deal brokered by Egypt
    Israel agreed to immediately ease restrictions, allow aid and building materials to enter the enclave. Read more on this news related to 'Cease-fire'
  • Russia calls for cease-fire with rebels, but Ukraine vows to keep up the fight
    Saying the crisis poses a major threat to Europe, Ukraine refuses to ?give up? its war against rebels in the east. Read more on this news related to 'Cease-fire'

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