Clinton to mark 20th anniversary of Good Friday Agreement

Former US president Bill Clinton, who reportedly considers the initiative his finest foreign policy achievement, will attend a ceremony at Queen’s

Former President of the United States President, Bill Clinton, is to attend a special event at Queen’s University Belfast to mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.

The event, ‘Building Peace: 20 years on from the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement’, is organised by the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University.

President Clinton will join Chair of the talks and former US Special Envoy for Northern Ireland, Senator George J. Mitchell, alongside other prominent figures including Jonathan Powell, Bertie Ahern, Gerry Adams, Lord David Trimble, Professor Monica McWilliams, Dr Seamus Mallon, Lord John Alderdice, and Peter Robinson, as well as a number of community leaders and academics.  

Queen’s University’s Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor James McElnay, said: “We are honoured and delighted to welcome President Clinton to Queen’s University to mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. His role and influence on the peace process in Northern Ireland was pivotal to ensuring all parties reached agreement in April 1998. To have him back Northern Ireland for this significant anniversary is a privilege.”

Queen’s University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation and Engagement, Professor Richard English, said: “The event at Queen’s promises to not only reflect upon the achievements of 20 years ago, but to look at how far we have come and, indeed, how far we have to travel.”

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