Good Friday Agreement Amendment

Of the 800 respondents, 89% felt that the peace agreement was necessary to end the conflict, and 84% felt it reflected the will of the people of Northern Ireland. When asked if they were satisfied with the peace process, 74% agreed. Although about half of those surveyed realize that the agreement has not been properly implemented – which has probably increased over the past two years due to the lack of a functioning power-sharing government – the survey has generally shown a positive attitude towards the agreement in both communities. For example, among both Catholics and Protestants, there is strong support for power-sharing and the goal of the agreement to eliminate differences in employment rates between the two communities. Referendums were held on 22 May 1998 in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. In Northern Ireland, people were asked: „Do you support the agreement reached in the multi-party negotiations on Northern Ireland and presented in Command Paper 3883?“ The participation rate was 81.1 per cent, of which 71.1 per cent argued in favour of approval. In the Republic of Ireland, people were asked: „Do you support the proposed constitutional amendment contained in the stated bill, nineteenth Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 1998?“ The participation rate was 55.6 per cent, of which 94.4 per cent supported the proposed amendment to the Constitution.1 „In the event of difficulties requiring corrective action in all institutions or others that require a change in the Anglo-Irish Agreement or applicable legislation, the review process, in agreement with the parties in the Assembly, will be the responsibility of both governments. Each government is responsible for the action within its jurisdiction. The multi-party agreement required the parties to „use all the influences they might have“ to obtain the dismantling of all paramilitary weapons within two years of the adoption of the agreement by referendums. The standardization process has forced the British government to reduce the number and role of its armed forces in Northern Ireland „to a level compatible with a normal peaceful society.“ These include the elimination of security measures and the abolition of special emergency powers in Northern Ireland.

The Irish government has pledged to conduct a „thorough review“ of its violations of national law. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Sunday there could be „limited controls“ on goods arriving in the region from Britain because of an agreement to prevent the need for physical infrastructure at the Irish border. The participants in the agreement were composed of two sovereign states (the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland), with armed forces and police forces involved in the riots. Two political parties, Sinn Féin and the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP), were linked to paramilitary organisations: the IRA (Commissional Irish Republican Army) and the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). The Ulster Democratic Party (UDP), associated with the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), had withdrawn from the talks three months earlier. The DUP will make changes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson`s internal market law, Sammy Wilson has confirmed. His comments were shared by the head of the T-V, Jim Allister, who said: „The Belfast agreement does not say anything negative about the control of goods at the border.“ The Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is included in the UK`s withdrawal agreement from the EU, confirmed that the Good Friday Agreement must be protected in all its parts. administrative assistance to the citizens` forum and the definition of guidelines for the selection of representatives of the citizens` forum.

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