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Prime Minister Tony Blair (L) and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern signing the Good Friday Agreement, 15 years ago. Photo by: PA Archive/PA Photos

Congressmen calls for full implementation of Good Friday Agreement

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Prime Minister Tony Blair (L) and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern signing the Good Friday Agreement, 15 years ago. Photo by: PA Archive/PA Photos

A special congressional resolution calling for enactment of the full Good Friday agreement was put forward by Congressman Joe Crowley, Rep. Richard Neal and Rep. Peter King on the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary of the Agreement.

The resolution reads:

Honoring the Good Friday Agreement (the Belfast Agreement), on the 15th anniversary of its ratification, as the framework for lasting peace in Northern Ireland.

Whereas the Good Friday Agreement represented a landmark breakthrough that provided Ireland with a political framework to address its future; Whereas the Good Friday Agreement acknowledged the right of differing political traditions to pursue their goals of remaining part of the United Kingdom or of Irish Unity; Whereas the Good Friday Agreement demonstrated democratic and peaceful means of resolving differences; Whereas members of both political parties in the United States came together to support the Good Friday Agreement; And Whereas the Good Friday Agreement promotes religious freedom, democracy, and human rights: Now, therefore, be it 1 Resolved, That the House of Representatives— supports the goals and ideals of the Good Friday Agreement; (2) urges all communities to continue to engage in the legal political process; (3) calls on the Governments of the United Kingdom and Ireland to work together to achieve full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, including the creation of a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland; and (4) recognizes the urgent and ongoing necessity of reconciliation, and urges the involvement of the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and communities to work toward genuine reconciliation.

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