administrative assistance to the citizens` forum and the definition of guidelines for the selection of representatives of the citizens` forum. 81 Connla Young, “Sinn Fein Say Good Friday Agreement Facing Its Biggest Threat,” Irish News, 14 May 2019, www.irishnews.com/news/2017/12/04/news/sinn-fe-in-say-good-friday-agreement-facing-its-biggest-threat-1202189/. In the Good Friday Agreement, the UK government pledged to reduce the number and role of armed forces deployed in Northern Ireland, as well as the elimination of security measures and emergency powers in Northern Ireland. At the time of the signing of the peace agreement in April, an estimated 17,200 British troops were deployed and increased by 800 during Northern Ireland`s marching season in July. It has been reported that routine military patrols have decreased significantly and that many security and observation posts have been evacuated since the signing of the agreement.3″The Good Friday Agreement – Security”, BBC News, May 2006, consulted on 31 January 2013, www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/agreement/policing/security… 3. The Assembly will exercise full legislative and executive power on matters currently under the jurisdiction of the six northern Ireland departments, with the possibility of taking responsibility for other matters as described in this agreement. Some commentators have focused on the idea of “Stalemate” as a central feature of maturity. It is true that Sinn Fein had concluded that it could not “bomb” its path to Irish unification. British officials, particularly in the security community, also concluded that the IRA could not be “defeated” despite the increasing effectiveness of its efforts in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Some have argued that the United Kingdom`s security policy, which was more effective in the late 1980s and early 1990s, has helped to create a ripe dead end for implementation. However, it seems unlikely that a deadlock alone would be the cause of the 1998 agreement. The return to violence in the mid-1990s (after the first ceasefire declaration in 1994) suggests that many IRA members still viewed violence (or at least the threat of violence) as an important element of the leverage of the negotiations. Similarly, some members of the Unionist community (deviants within the UUP, the DUP and the United Kingdom) were not convinced of the need to compromise. That is why I think it makes more sense to see the agreement as a consequence of the fact that each party could view the agreement as a “benefit” (at least relative) and not as the product of an impasse from which they wanted to escape. As part of the agreement, the British and Irish governments committed to holding referendums in Northern Ireland and the Republic on 22 May 1998. The referendum on Northern Ireland is expected to approve the deal reached at the multi-party talks. The Republic of Ireland`s referendum should approve the Anglo-Irish agreement and facilitate the modification of the Irish constitution in accordance with the agreement. In addition, the UK government has committed to the creation of a new Legal Commission for Equal Opportunity, which will replace the Fair Employment Commission, the Equal Opportunity Commission (NI), the Commission for Racial Equality (NI) and the Equal Opportunity Council.
The creation of the Equal Opportunity Commission was provided for by the Northern Ireland Act (1998). The Commission was finally established on 1 March 1999 2202″The Good Friday Agreement: Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission”, BBC News, May 2006, consulted on 21 January 2013, www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/agreement/equality/hr2.shtm… 3″The Good Friday Agreement: Equality Commission for Northern Ireland,” BBC News, May 2006, accessed 21 January 2013, www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/agreement/equality/equality… The final withdrawal agreement between the EU and the UK has agreed on a complex solution to this delicate problem.