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"Madam President, I also welcome the Commissioner, who is a prominent member of my political group. I was one of the authors of the joint motion for a resolution and am very proud to have done that for my group. We here in the European Parliament all want to see a lasting resolution to the conflict and a full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. This joint motion for a resolution is a very good reminder that we have seen here a good example of conflict resolution from across the EU and beyond. Of course this is a very special and important part of our history, for the United Kingdom and islands of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland and Ireland. It is a very special moment, and we will hear from Mr Nicholson in a moment. Of course we have all worked with the parties of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and there is a very special relationship through my party, for example with Sinn Féin, working with families. We spoke about reconciliation, and all of us have had those practical examples of reconciliation and work. All the same I think what we want to see, and what we have seen in this resolution, is that issues are dealt with, the overall progress has to be made in Northern Ireland and should not be underestimated or forgotten in this debate. While there have been numerous problems along the way requiring delicate political negotiation, the processes remain largely on track and we need to promote the progress made as a positive example of conflict resolution. The lesson that can be drawn from the peace process is that the ability to empathise is essential. All sides to a conflict must be able to understand what the other side feels, what it wants and what it hopes for. Political representatives trying to negotiate an end to conflict must be able to place themselves in the shoes of their political opponents and of those opponents’ constituents. This helps to encourage compromise, and as we all know politics is the art of compromise. The role of the EU has been essential in this and the Commissioner has explained what that is. We are proud of that EU role and proud of what we can continue to contribute to the peace process in Northern Ireland."@en1

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