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Friday, 9 March, 2001, 13:32 GMT
Liberal Democrats: The peace process

Liberal Democrat policies on the Northern Ireland peace process.


The Liberal Democrats have always broadly supported Labour in government on all issues related to Northern Ireland, and are totally supportive of the Good Friday Agreement.

The party has close links to the cross-community Alliance Party in Northern Ireland.

But the party has also criticised Labour's handling of a number of issues. It has led opposition to the setting of quotas for Catholic and Protestant recruits to the reformed police service.

The Liberal Democrats have also criticised Labour's approach to some of the negotiations over the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.

The party says that at times the negotiations have tended to focus on the relationship between the Ulster Unionists and Sinn Fein to the exclusion of the other parties.

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