WHAT IS A CEASEFIRE?

Choose the best answer to each question. Then check your answers.

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1. What is a ceasefire?

2. According to the video, how long can a ceasefire last?

3. Which of the following conditions might the opposing groups agree to?

4. Who helps to negotiate a ceasefire?

5. Why is a ceasefire good for the populations of the countries involved in the conflict?

6. How does it help us to really know what has happened?

7. How often does a ceasefire mean peace?

8. How can a ceasefire be a strategy in the conflict?

9. According to the video, what do people sometimes say about ceasefires?

10. Where has a ceasefire not helped to end tensions?

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SPEAKING

1. Work in small groups. You are a group of politicians and there is a dispute between your country and the neighbouring country over some territory between the two countries. Both countries believe it belongs to them. You want to avoid war at all costs.

a) First, list the reasons why you don't want to get involved in war.

b) Suggest solutions to the problem.

2. Present your ideas to the class.

3. Listen to the other groups' ideas.

4. As a class, vote on the best solutions to the conflict.

WRITING

"War is often necessary". Do you agree or not? Explain your opinion in about 150 words. The following ideas might help you:

- the reasons why countries go to war

- the effects on the population

- alternatives to going to war

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