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"Mr President, Joseph Conrad once said that what all men are really after is some form, or perhaps only some formula, of peace. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this unique European project, which has brought peace and stability to our continent, this week has also been unprecedented, remarkable and extremely positive for peace and progress on the island of Ireland. At last we have not just a form of peace, but a formula for a peaceful future for the citizens of Ireland, north and south. I would like to warmly welcome devolved government and its return to Northern Ireland. The decision this week by the largest political groups, the DUP and Sinn Féin, to sit down face to face and agree to power-sharing within six weeks represents a profoundly promising milestone and, at last, the end game in the protracted peace process of Northern Ireland following 40 years of violence. It is important that we in the European Parliament acknowledge the extraordinary happenings at Stormont this week. I would also like to acknowledge in particular the role of the Ulster Unionist Party and the SDLP, David Trimble and John Hume, the former leaders, their current leaders …"@en1

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