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St Andrews Agreement Text

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12 abril 2021

In the parliamentary elections, the DUP and Sinn Féin won both seats and thus consolidated their position as the two main parties in the Assembly. Peter Hain signed the order to restore the institutions on March 25 and warned that the meeting would be closed if the parties did not reach an agreement before midnight the next day. DuP and Sinn Féin members, led by Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams, met for the first time in person on 26 March and agreed to form an executive on 8 May, with the DUP firmly committing to entering government with Sinn Féin. Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern welcomed the agreement. On 27 March, the emergency law was presented to the British Parliament to facilitate the six-week delay. The St Andrews Agreement No 2 was passed without a vote in the House of Commons and the House of Lords and obtained royal approval, such as the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2007, that evening. Reg Empey, president of the Ulster Unionist Party, called the agreement a «Belfast agreement for slow learners.» Northern Ireland Minister Peter Hain called the deal an «amazing breakthrough» on BBC Five Live. The joint statement of 13 October stated that the governments had «asked the parties, after hearing from their members, to confirm their agreement by 10 November». In a statement, Sinn Féin said that «on 6 November, Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle instructed the party leadership to follow the course of action taken in St Andrews and to continue the ongoing negotiations to resolve the outstanding issues» and that they are «firmly convinced that all outstanding difficulties can be resolved.» According to the DUP statement, «As Sinn Féin is not yet ready to take the decisive step in police work, the DUP will not be obliged to engage on any aspect of power-sharing before that certainty.» While neither statement «accepted» the agreement, both governments stated that there was sufficient support from all parties to continue the process. The St Andrews Agreement (Irish: Comhaonté Chill R`mhinn; Ulster Scots: St Andra`s `Greement, St Andrew`s Greeance[1] or St Andrae`s Greeance[2]) is an agreement between the British and Irish governments and the political parties in Northern Ireland on the decentralisation of power in the region. The agreement was the result of multi-party discussions that took place from 11 to 13 October 2006 in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, between the two governments and all the major parties in Northern Ireland, including the two largest parties, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin. It led to the re-establishment of the Northern Ireland Assembly, the formation (on 8 May 2007) of a new executive power in Northern Ireland and a decision by Sinn Féin to support the Northern Ireland Police Service, the courts and the rule of law.

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