S.Res. 173 (109th): A resolution expressing support for the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 as the blueprint for lasting peace in Northern Ireland.

Jun 16, 2005 (109th Congress, 2005–2006)
Agreed To (Simple Resolution)
Edward “Ted” Kennedy
Senator from Massachusetts
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Last Updated
Jul 13, 2005
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This simple resolution was agreed to on July 13, 2005. That is the end of the legislative process for a simple resolution.

Introduced Jun 16, 2005
Referred to Committee Jun 16, 2005
Agreed To (Simple Resolution) Jul 13, 2005

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9 cosponsors (7D, 2R) (show)

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7/13/2005--Passed Senate without amendment.
Reiterates Senate support for the 1998 Good Friday Agreement as the blueprint for a lasting peace in Northern Ireland.
Expresses the sense of the Senate that:
(1) the Irish Republican Army (IRA) must complete its decommissioning and cease to exist as a paramilitary organization;
(2) the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in Northern Ireland must share power with all parties according to the democratic mandate of the Agreement;
(3) Sinn Fein must work with the Police Service of Northern Ireland;
(4) the leadership of Sinn Fein must insist that those responsible for, and witnesses to, Robert McCartney's murder cooperate with the Police Service of Northern Ireland, and be protected from IRA retaliation; and
(5) the government of the United Kingdom (UK) must restore democratic institutions, complete demilitarization, and advance equality and human rights in Northern Ireland.

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