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Thursday, April 1, 1999 Published at 17:31 GMT 18:31 UK


UK Politics

The day in quotes



How the key players in the Northern Ireland peace process described the result of three-days of non-stop negotiations.

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair:

"One year on we can be proud to say it is clear that all of the parties are absolutely wedded to the Good Friday Agreement."


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"All of the parties accept that all of its measures must be implemented. All of the parties insist that violence must be given up for good. All of the parties recognise that this obligation must be fulfilled according to the timescale set out in the Good Friday Agreement. All of the parties recognise the democratic mandate of others.

"There is no turning back on the road to peace."


Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern:

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"There is a responsibility, ladies and gentleman, on all of us to make the final and necessary steps and for all of this to come about.

"There will inevitably be dangers and setbacks as always but we can now be sure that the spirit of democracy contained in the Good Friday Agreement will win out against all of the negative and destructive forces we have had to deal with over the years."


David Trimble, Northern Ireland First Minister and leader of the Ulster Unionist Party:


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"I believe this has the potential to resolve the present difficulties and to see our way forward.

"Yesterday morning I didn't think we would get as far as we have done."


SDLP leader John Hume:


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"I think that the idea of having a day of reconciliation is an outstanding idea. On that day guns will be put beyond use and demilitarisation will take place. And there will also be major memorial ceremonies on behalf of all of the people who have lost their lives in Northern Ireland.

It will bring all our people together in a way in a way in which perhaps they have not been brought together before - and it will strengthen our peace process enormously."


Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams:


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"We have to express some sense of disappointment that the deadline for the establishment of the executive has been missed and that democratic mandate of the party and the entitlements of all of the parties have once again been ignored.

"However, the prize of a lasting peace demands that all of us continue to try."


General John de Chastelain, head of the International Commission on Decommissioning:


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"Decommissioning has always been a voluntary act on the part of those who hold arms. When they decide to give them up. When they deal with them, we will deal with them."


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