Text Of The Belfast Agreement

1. The Participants note that the development of a peaceful environment on the basis of this Agreement can and should mean the standardisation of security measures and practices. 14. Differences of opinion within the Council shall be dealt with in the format described in paragraph 3(iii) or in plenary. By mutual agreement between the two parties, experts could be appointed to examine a specific issue and report. 3. If the majority of the persons entitled to vote in each of the referendums in this Agreement are supported, the governments of their respective parliaments shall introduce and support the legislation necessary for the implementation of all aspects of this Agreement and shall take all necessary ancillary measures, including the holding of elections on 25 June. subject to Parliament`s approval to the Assembly, which would initially meet in «shadow» mode. The establishment of the North-South Council of Ministers, the implementing bodies, the Anglo-Irish Council and the Anglo-Irish Intergovernmental Conference, as well as the seizure of legislative and executive power by the Assembly, will take place at the same time as the entry into force of the Anglo-Irish Agreement. 4. We reaffirm our full and unreserved commitment to exclusively democratic and peaceful means of settling disputes on political issues and our opposition to any use or threat of force by others for any political purpose, whether in this Agreement or otherwise.

The vague wording of some provisions, called «constructive ambiguities»[8], helped to secure acceptance of the agreement and postpone debate on some of the most controversial issues. These include paramilitary dismantling, police reform and the standardisation of Northern Ireland. The overall result of these problems was to undermine unionists` confidence in the agreement exploited by the anti-deal DUP, which eventually overtook the pro-deal Unionist Party (UUP) in the 2003 parliamentary elections. The UUP had already resigned from the power-sharing executive in 2002 following the Stormontgate scandal, which implicated three men for gathering intelligence. These charges were eventually dropped in 2005 on the controversial grounds that the persecution was not «in the public interest». Immediately afterwards, one of the incriminated members of Sinn Féin, Denis Donaldson, was unmasked as a British agent. 19. The Executive Committee will provide a forum for consideration and agreement on issues that overlap the competences of two or more ministers, for the prioritisation of executive and legislative proposals and for the recommendation of a common position, if necessary (e.g. .