The idea of the agreement was to get the two parties to work together in a group called the Northern Ireland Assembly. The Assembly would take some of the decisions taken previously by the British government in London. Northern Ireland political parties that approved the agreement were also invited to consider the creation of an independent advisory forum, which would represent civil society, with members with expertise on social, cultural, economic and other issues, and would be appointed by both administrations. In 2002, a framework structure was agreed for the North-South Advisory Forum, and in 2006 the Northern Ireland Executive agreed to support its implementation. In recent days, Mr Blair and Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern have travelled to Belfast to participate in the talks and the agreement was finally announced by George Mitchell on the afternoon of 10 April 1998. Shortly after her election in 1993, Clinton appointed Democratic Senator George Mitchell as the U.S. Special Envoy for Northern Ireland. It would give its name to the “Mitchell Principles” that led the negotiations and played a key role in securing an agreement. Liam Kennedy explains. The agreement brought together republicans and trade unionists after decades of political conflict in Northern Ireland The agreement reaffirmed a commitment to “mutual respect, civil rights and religious freedoms for all in the Community.” The multi-party agreement recognized “the importance of respect, understanding and tolerance with regard to linguistic diversity,” particularly with regard to the Irish language, Ulster Scots and the languages of other ethnic minorities in Northern Ireland, “all of which are part of the cultural richness of the Island of Ireland.” “Northern Ireland is in a better place today than it was 20 years ago, for sure, but we still have a long way to go, and the shortcomings of the agreement, which were not corrected at the time, have yet to be corrected.” But in practice, it was also time to say goodbye to these discussions and the media storm that allowed the Good Friday agreement to come together.
It was time in the society of rivals with different versions of what was right and what was wrong, what was possible and what was not; People with personality and determination, when surrounded by uncertainties and competing visions of the future, to establish a new power-sharing agreement. On Friday, April 10, 1998, at 5:30 p.m., an American politician named George Mitchell, who led the talks, said: “I am pleased to announce that the two governments and political parties in Northern Ireland have reached an agreement.” As part of the agreement, the British and Irish governments committed to holding referendums in Northern Ireland and the Republic on 22 May 1998.