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Northern Ireland Peace Process
Author: Paul Bew
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 15 July 1996
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.5 x 1.4
For those who knew how to read them, some very interesting smoke signals emerged from Northern Ireland during the summer of 1993. Despite all manner of official denials and obfuscation, it was clear that there were moves afoot to bring an end to the violence which had plagued the province for a quarter of a century.
On 31 August 1994 the IRA announced a ceasefire and for almost eighteen months the headlines were of negotiations in Dublin, handshakes in Washington and talks between Sinn Fein and the British government. Peace had broken out. There followed a series of discussions which eventually foundered on the rock of decommissioning paramilitary arms. Then in February 1996 bombs in Docklands and elsewhere in London brought the peace process to a sudden and bloody end. Although elections to a peace forum were held in May 1996, the renewed violence and tension of that summer's marching season seriously damanged any lingering hopes of a return to peace.
The Northern Ireland Peace Process 1993-1996: A Chronology records the developments of those hopeful years, charting inter-governmental talks, seemingly minor...
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