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an honest broker

An unbiased or objective mediator. We can't have your mother decide this for us—we need an honest broker.
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an honest broker

a disinterested intermediary or mediator.
This expression is a translation of the German ehrlicher Makler . In a speech in 1878 the German statesman Bismarck ( 1815–98 ) recommended adopting this role in peace-making, and the phrase became one of his sobriquets.
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The question here isn't whether or not there should be a precondition for talks; the question is when was the US ever an honest broker? The answer is never:
Of course, Roh's policy of playing the role of "balancer" or honest broker, is based on Kim Dae-jung's Nobel Peace Prize-winning Sunshine policy of engaging the North.
mediation in the peace process, claiming it is no longer an "honest broker" due to Trump's recognition of Jerusalem.
Speaking to a large audience of senior government officials, private sector, and development agencies as he commissioned the Bank's world-class office complex in Abuja, Nigeria's Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo said the Bank had faithfully filled its role as a trusted advisor and an honest broker in the region and has earned its place as the voice of Africa on development issues.
Since the US president announced on December 6 that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, the Palestinian Authority has declared that America is no longer a honest broker and has refused to receive US Vice President Mike Pence.
Abbas has called Trump's Jerusalem declaration a "slap in the face" and has rejected Washington as an honest broker in any future talks with Israel.
He said in the past, Trump's move meant that the US was no longer an honest broker for peace.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, calling Trump's declaration a "slap in the face', has rejected Washington as an honest broker in any future talks with Israel.
Despite worldwide sympathy for the Palestinians in the wake of the unilateral US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, reaction to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' declaration that Washington has disqualified itself as an honest broker and is no longer accepted as a peace mediator has been mostly muted.
He said during a meeting for the Palestinian A uthority that the US has chosen not to be an honest broker in the peace process.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Wednesday that the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital undermines its role as an honest broker in the Middle East peace process.
is no longer an honest broker in the peace process, contending that Trump has put paid to the notion that the U.S takes neutral stances and provided terrorism with the fertile ground to strive.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Wednesday that the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital undermines its role as an honest broker in the Middle East peace process.Asif said this while addressing the meeting of Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) Foreign Ministers in Istanbul ahead of the summit convened by Turkey to explore ways to deal with the situation.
What is needed is an honest broker, someone with recent form in separatist negotiations and referenda.