The Belfast Agreement Text

19. The Executive Committee will provide a forum for discussion and agreement on overlapping issues between two or more ministers, which will give priority to executive and legislative proposals and, if necessary, recommend a common position (for example. B in the treatment of external relations). 9. The conference will continue to examine the functioning of the new Anglo-Irish agreement and the mechanisms and institutions put in place under the agreement, including a formal review published three years after the agreement came into force. Representatives of the Northern Ireland administration are invited to take a position in this regard. The Conference will contribute, if necessary, to any revision of the comprehensive political agreement resulting from the multi-party negotiations, but it will not be empowered to repeal the democratic agreements reached by this agreement. 13. Participants recognized the work done by many organizations to develop reconciliation and mutual understanding and respect between communities and traditions in Northern Ireland and between North and South Ireland and see this work as an essential role in consolidating peace and political unification.

As a result, they pledge to continue to support these organizations and will positively consider the case for increased financial support for reconciliation work. A key aspect of the reconciliation process is the promotion of a culture of tolerance at all levels of society, including initiatives to facilitate and promote integrated education and mixed housing. The two main political parties in the agreement were the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), led by David Trimble, and the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), led by John Hume. The two heads of state and government together won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998. The other parties to the agreement were Sinn Féin, the Alliance Party and the Progressive Unionist Party. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which later became the largest Unionist party, did not support the agreement. When Sinn Féin and loyalist parties entered, they left the talks because republican and loyalist paramilitary weapons had not been decommissioned.