The Good Friday Agreement In Full

35. The Assembly will first meet in dement to resolve its injunctions and permanent working practices and to prepare for the effective functioning of the Assembly, the Council of Ireland and the North-South Council and the implementing bodies associated with it. During this transitional period, the Members of the Assembly, as Ministers of the Shadows, reaffirm their commitment to non-violence and exclusively peaceful and democratic means, as well as their refusal to use or threaten force by other political means; Work in good faith to end the new rules; And to respect the spirit of the commitment made by the Office of Appointed Ministers. – the right of women to full and equal political participation. The agreement consists of two related documents, both agreed on Good Friday, 10 April 1998 in Belfast: as part of the agreement, it was proposed to rely on the existing British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Committee. Prior to the agreement, the body was composed only of parliamentarians from the British and Irish assemblies. In 2001, as proposed by the agreement, it was extended to include parliamentarians of all members of the Anglo-Irish Council. 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.

(1) This agreement provides for a democratically elected assembly in Northern Ireland, which performs its functions as a member, including the executive and the legislative branch, and which is subject to prospects of protecting the rights and interests of all parties to the Community. The Good Friday Agreement, also known as the Belfast Agreement, was signed on Good Friday on 10 April 1998.