Belfast Agreement Strand 2

4. We reaffirm our total and absolute commitment to exclusively democratic and peaceful means of resolving political disputes and our opposition to any use or threat of force by others for any political purpose, whether under this Agreement or otherwise. 10. In addition to the structures provided for by this agreement, it is open to two or more members to develop bilateral or multilateral agreements between them. These agreements could include, subject to the agreement of the members concerned, mechanisms for consultation, cooperation and joint decision-making on issues of mutual interest; mechanisms for implementing the common decisions they can reach. These rules are not subject to prior approval by the BIC as a whole and will operate independently of them. (iii) to make decisions by mutual agreement on enforcement policies in each legal order in the relevant areas under the jurisdiction of the two administrations, the North and the South; 5. The BIC will exchange, discuss, consult and do everything in its power to reach agreement on issues of mutual interest within the jurisdiction of the relevant administrations. The appropriate themes for early debate within the BIC could be transport links, agricultural issues, environmental issues, cultural issues, health issues, education issues and approaches to EU issues.

Appropriate provisions for practical cooperation within the framework of concerted policies. 13. Participants recognized the work done by many organizations to develop reconciliation and mutual understanding and respect between communities and traditions in Northern Ireland and between North and South Ireland and see this work as an essential role in consolidating peace and political unification. As a result, they pledge to continue to support these organizations and will positively consider the case for increased financial support for reconciliation work. A key aspect of the reconciliation process is the promotion of a culture of tolerance at all levels of society, including initiatives to facilitate and promote integrated education and mixed housing. The agreement sets out a framework for the creation and number of institutions in three “parts.” (iv) to make consensus decisions on the policies and measures at the island and cross-border level to be implemented by the agencies to be implemented in paragraphs 8 and 9. The vague wording of some so-called “constructive ambiguities”[8] helped ensure the adoption of the agreement and delayed debate on some of the most controversial issues. These include extra-military dismantling, police reform and the standardisation of Northern Ireland. 12. Any change in these provisions, in agreement with the Council and with the express approval of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the oireachtas, subject to the scope of the powers and responsibility of both administrations. Direct domination of London ended in Northern Ireland when power was formally transferred to the new Northern Ireland Assembly, the North-South Council and the Anglo-Irish Council when the opening decisions of the Anglo-Irish Agreement came into force on 2 December 1999. [15] [16] [17] Article 4, paragraph 2 of the Anglo-Irish Agreement (the agreement between the British and Irish governments on the implementation of the Belfast Agreement) required both governments to inquire in writing about compliance with the terms of entry into force of the Anglo-Irish Agreement; The latter is expected to come into effect as soon as both notifications are received.

[18] The British government has agreed to participate in a televised ceremony at Iveagh House in Dublin, the Irish Foreign Office.

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