13. Participants recognized the work done by many organizations to develop reconciliation and mutual understanding and respect between communities and traditions in Northern Ireland and between North and South Ireland and see this work as an essential role in consolidating peace and political unification. As a result, they pledge to continue to support these organizations and will positively consider the case for increased financial support for reconciliation work. A key aspect of the reconciliation process is the promotion of a culture of tolerance at all levels of society, including initiatives to facilitate and promote integrated education and mixed housing. (iii) appropriately to examine institutional or cross-sector issues (including those relating to the EU) and to resolve disputes. The overall result of these problems was to undermine trade unionists` confidence in the agreement exploited by the anti-DUP agreement, which eventually overtook the pro-agreement Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) in the 2003 general elections. UUP had already resigned from the executive in 2002 following the Stormontgate scandal, in which three men were indicted for intelligence gathering. These charges were eventually dropped in 2005 because persecution was not “in the public interest.” Immediately afterwards, one of Sinn Féin`s members, Denis Donaldson, was unmasked as a British agent. The two main political parties in the agreement were the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), led by David Trimble, and the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), led by John Hume.
The two heads of state and government together won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998. The other parties to the agreement were Sinn Féin, the Alliance Party and the Progressive Unionist Party. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which later became the largest Unionist party, did not support the agreement. When Sinn Féin and loyalist parties entered, they left the talks because republican and loyalist paramilitary weapons had not been decommissioned. The minister said the government felt it was “essential” to stop the agreement and that it was “natural” for the government to respect the right of the people of Northern Ireland to a British passport or both. The participants in the agreement were composed of two sovereign states (the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland), with armed forces and police forces involved in the riots. Two political parties, Sinn Féin and the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP), were linked to paramilitary organisations: the IRA (Commissional Irish Republican Army) and the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF).