Where Northern Ireland fitted in the world of peacemaking

66 Peace Agreements signed that same year globally.

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But the Belfast Agreement was the only fully comprehensive agreement of its type.

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It was one of 95 comprehensive agreements signed between 1990 and the present day.

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The only other peace agreement signed on the 10 April, was the Sudan Political Charter, 10/04/1996

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The term ‘parity of esteem’ was later used in 3 agreements in the Philippines

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The concept of ‘nothing is agreed until anything is agreed is common to several peace negotiations:

Most recently an agreement between Colombia and the FARC in 2016

South African Negotiations

Bosnian Negotiations

North-South Sudan negotiations

And now. . . the UK’s relationship with the EU in Brexit negotiations!

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Power-sharing such as in Northern Ireland is a very common element of peace negotiations: 494 agreements since 1990 have included some reference to power-sharing

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The Agreement used ‘constructive ambiguity’ in several ways – notably the provision for the referendum.

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Referendums have been used for 13 peace agreements since 1990

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The agreement was unusual in:

Having had women in the negotiations: even statistics are hard to find.

Having a women ‘mediator’ in Mo Mowlam – UN Women has suggested that only 2.4% of mediators of peace agreements have been women.

 

Title Picture: By https://www.flickr.com/photos/robertpaulyoung/ [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
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