Fri­day Agree­ment?

Vocable (All English) - - Enjeux -

The Good Fri­day Agree­ment brought peace to North­ern Ire­land af­ter three decades of vi­o­lence between the Catholic and Protes­tant fac­tions. More than 3,500 peo­ple died in this con­flict, in­clud­ing over 1,800 civil­ians. The peace deal was signed on April 10, 1998. It was con­cluded between North­ern Ire­land’s po­lit­i­cal par­ties, as well as the Bri­tish and Ir­ish gov­ern­ments.

The Good Fri­day Agree­ment in­cluded com­mit­ments to the dis­band­ing of para­mil­i­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions and the nor­mal­i­sa­tion of se­cu­rity ar­range­ments. It was ap­proved in ref­er­en­dums both in the Repub­lic of Ire­land (Eire) and North­ern Ire­land (Ul­ster). It helped set up the power-shar­ing Assem­bly in North­ern Ire­land between Sinn Fein (the na­tion­al­ist party) and the DUP (the Demo­cratic Union­ist Party). It also in­cluded an ar­range­ment for cross-bor­der co­op­er­a­tion between the gov­ern­ments of Ire­land and North­ern Ire­land.

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