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Political Process: Peace Process?

Political Process: Peace Process? NORTHERN IRELAND Brigid Hadfield* There are two main elements behind current developments in Northern Ireland; they are intertwined but not necessarily inextricably so. The first is the creation of a new constitutional and governmental order for Northern Ireland, accommodating different identities, aspirations and allegiances. The second is the establishment of peace. While it is generally accepted (in spite of the peace process 'terminology') that the Belfast Agreement1 currently being implemented in the Northern Ireland Act 1998 will not immediately eliminate violence from all sources, it is also hoped that violence will at least be sufficiently marginalized for a new political stability to emerge, develop and ultimately embed itself in Northern Ireland. This rapport provides a brief background to the Belfast Agreement of April 1998, identifying factors at work in its genesis as well as those which may either facilitate or create tension in its implementation. The main elements of the Agreement will then be considered, both in their own right and also with regard to how they relate to some of the other constitutional changes currently taking place in the United Kingdom. Background to an Agreement T o choose a precise date for the commencement of the process http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Public Law Kluwer Law International

Political Process: Peace Process?

European Public Law , Volume 4 (4) – Jan 21, 1998

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NORTHERN IRELAND Brigid Hadfield* There are two main elements behind current developments in Northern Ireland; they are intertwined but not necessarily inextricably so. The first is the creation of a new constitutional and governmental order for Northern Ireland, accommodating different identities, aspirations and allegiances. The second is the establishment of peace. While it is generally accepted (in spite of the peace process 'terminology') that the Belfast Agreement1 currently being implemented in the Northern Ireland Act 1998 will not immediately eliminate violence from all sources, it is also hoped that violence will at least be sufficiently marginalized for a new political stability to emerge, develop and ultimately embed itself in Northern Ireland. This rapport provides a brief background to the Belfast Agreement of April 1998, identifying factors at work in its genesis as well as those which may either facilitate or create tension in its implementation. The main elements of the Agreement will then be considered, both in their own right and also with regard to how they relate to some of the other constitutional changes currently taking place in the United Kingdom. Background to an Agreement T o choose a precise date for the commencement of the process

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European Public LawKluwer Law International

Published: Jan 21, 1998

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