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The Good Friday Agreement.

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The Good Friday Agreement. The Good Friday Agreement was agreed to try and settle the conflicts in Northern Ireland, the agreement was reached on Friday the 10th of April. Voting on the 22nd Of May 1998 resulted in a majority in favor of the Good Friday Agreement. The agreement consisted of changes in the constitution, it was decided that there would be no change in the condition of N.Ireland without consent of the greater part, North and South, Article 2 and 3 of the Republican constitution have been altered to coincide with this principle of consent. The Government in N.Ireland was also changed; a new N.Ireland assembly was setup, a majority of Nationalists and Unionists is needed for all assembly choices. ...read more.

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Demilitarization was also a term reached in the agreement, this meant the British Government would decrease the number of soldiers based in N.Ireland, and reducing some bases and checkpoints. Some Republicans think that more should have been done such as removal of army bases in Nationalist areas. A new police service was also setup - The Police Service Of Northern Ireland (PSNI) instead of the RUC. Police now wear a new uniform and badge, their aim was to equal amounts of catholic and protestant recruits in the PSNI. Unionists and Nationalists still have differing attitudes towards the agreement. Unionists thought that releasing the prisoners early undermined the victims and their relatives while the RUCs effort was being ignored. ...read more.

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There is also the fact that North-South bodies are viewed with suspicion. They also believe that the British Government may not act in their interests, while they feel they have done everything required under the agreement. Nationalists also have problems, Sinn Fein opposed the Northern Ireland Assembly, and they have now joined it. Unionists forced Sinn Fein out of the North-South bodies and forced transitory suspension of the executive in February 2000, Nationalists sense it could happen again. According to Nationalists, the reform of the police didn't progress far enough. Nationalists also believe that they have done everything that is required of them under the agreement, and feel that it isn't appreciated by the British Government or the Unionists. All these reasons meant that Nationalists and Unionists still have little confidence that the agreement will work. Matthew Stronge ...read more.

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