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St Andrews Agreement Pdf

Northern Ireland Minister Peter Hain called the deal on BBC Radio Five Live an „astonishing breakthrough“. Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said that if the deadlines set by the two governments were not met, „the plan will be shaken and there will be a step towards plan B without further discussion.“ Democratic Unionist Party Chairman Ian Paisley said: „Unionists can have confidence in promoting their interests and winning democracy.“ He also said: „The implementation of the central issue of police work and the rule of law begins now.“ Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said the plans must be consulted, but restoring political institutions is a „huge price to pay“. Reg Empey, chairman of the Ulster Unionist Party, described the deal as a „Belfast deal for slow learners“. Mark Durkan, chairman of the Social Democratic Party and the Labour Party, said welcome progress had been made in restoring power-sharing institutions. Alliance Party Chairman David Ford said the result was a mix of „challenges and opportunities.“ [3] The joint statement of 13 October states that the governments „asked the parties, after consulting their members, to confirm their adoption before 10 November“. In a Sinn Féin statement on 6 November, „Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle instructed the party leadership to follow the course set at St Andrews and continue ongoing negotiations to resolve outstanding issues“ and that they are „firmly convinced that any outstanding difficulties can be resolved“. The DUP statement said: „Given that Sinn Féin is not yet ready to take the decisive step in policing, the DUP will not be required to engage in any aspect of power-sharing before this certainty.“ While neither declaration was an „acceptance“ of the agreement, both governments said there was enough support from all parties to continue the process. In the weeks following the agreement between Paisley and Adams, the four parties – the DUP, Sinn Féin, UUP and SDLP – chose the ministries within the executive and appointed members to occupy them. The Assembly met on May 8, 2007 and elected Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness as Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. It also ratified the ten ministers as appointed by their parties. On 12 May, Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle agreed to take three seats on the Police Board and appointed three MLAs to take them over. A negotiated peace agreement between the British and Irish governments, as well as with key political representatives, including Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin and Ian Paisley of the Democratic Unionist Party. .

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