On Monday, Northern Ireland celebrated the 25th anniversary of its historic 1998 peace accords. However, the fragility of the province’s truce was highlighted as masked youths hurled petrol bombs at police vehicles during sectarian unrest.
While no significant public events were scheduled for the day, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and US President Joe Biden are set to arrive on Tuesday to kick off a series of high-profile commemorations.
Since April 10, 1998, when pro-UK unionist and pro-Irish nationalist leaders struck an unlikely peace deal on Easter Good Friday after lengthy negotiations, the territory has been transformed, Breitbart News reported.
Unfortunately, the province has been experiencing political dysfunction and security concerns in recent times that have the potential to overshadow this significant milestone.
This was underscored by an illegal dissident republican march in Londonderry on the eve of Biden’s visit, during which police vehicles were targeted with projectiles, including petrol bombs.
Last week, officials issued a warning based on “strong” intelligence that dissidents were plotting attacks against officers in the city on Monday, as reported by Breitbart News.
The Good Friday Agreement, which was facilitated by Washington and approved by the governments in London and Dublin, effectively put an end to three decades of destructive sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland and sporadic terrorist attacks on mainland Britain.
Written by staff