Oct 202012

Ahmed: Have you heard the news?

Menna: The nations of Palicia and Isram have signed a peace treaty. This means that there will be an immediate ceasefire and an end to hostilities. This is a historic day!

[audio:http://libsyn.com/media/eslpod/ESLPod803.mp3|titles=ESL Podcast – Negotiating a Peace Treaty]

Ahmed: I never thought I’d live to see this day. Has everything been settled?

Menna: Only the most important things. The borders have been decided, there will be a recognition of statehood, and political prisoners will be exchanged.

Ahmed: That’s great, but does the treaty need to be ratified by the people of the two nations?

Menna: Yes, but the leaders have already signed the documents and the ratification process is just a formality at this point.

Ahmed: This means that refugees will be able to return home.

Menna: That’s right. They’ll be able to go home at long last.

Ahmed: This is a banner day for world peace, don’t you think?

Menna: Yes, and in that spirit, why don’t you call Hanna and invite her over for dinner? You two haven’t spoken in weeks.

Ahmed: It’s not going to be that easy. A peace treaty with my sister will require a formal apology and reparations!

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