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“These two belligerents, counterparts and finally friends were the key figures..”

Wed 14 January 2009, 4:14pm

If you were wondering where the Northern Ireland Executive’s junior Minister, Sinn Féin’s Gerry Kelly, was [you were? - Ed] wonder no more. According to the Irish News he’s flown to Manilla with sometime speech-writer for Gerry Adams, and former Downing Street chief-of-staff, Jonathan Powell, on behalf of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. But one hopes for the sake of the people of the Philippines.. From the Irish News report

David Gorman of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD), which is organising the talks, said the opposing Philippine factions hoped to learn from Northern Ireland’s example. “The purpose of the visit is to help the government and the MILF overcome current obstacles to resurrecting the peace process through exchanging ideas with the negotiators from the very challenging yet ultimately successful talks on Northern Ireland,” he said.

“We couldn’t have been more fortunate than to have Jonathan and Gerry come out here especially at this time. “These two belligerents, counterparts and finally friends were the key figures in bringing success to one of the most intractable and long-standing conflicts we have seen.”

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Comments (9)

  1. o says:

    “The purpose of the visit is to help the government and the MILF overcome current obstacles to resurrecting the peace process through exchanging ideas with the negotiators from the very challenging yet ultimately successful talks on Northern Ireland,”

    google MILF, i dare ya

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  2. Buile Suibhne says:

    Saw him on the BMI flight to Heathrow on monday afternoon in the posh seats!

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  3. cut the bull says:

    “These two belligerents, counterparts and finally friends were the key figures in bringing success to one of the most intractable and long-standing conflicts we have seen.”
    I do believe hes jumping the gun here,please excuse the pun. This is far from a succesful ending as there are still weapons and explosives in the hands of the UVF and UDA aswell as the Ulster Resistance which has yet to call a ceasefire. These have been used on countless occasions by the UVF and UDA in the aftermath of their ceasefires.

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  4. Here’s some background information on this nasty conflict in the Philippines and also what I think is the back story to this story – an offer, back in August, by the UK’s Ambassador to bring out parties to the Northern Ireland ‘peace process’.

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  5. Alan says:

    cut the bull

    You are right in saying that loyalist’s have yet to disarm but you seem to have forgotten about the republican arms which are still being used ie: continuity ira, real ira and dare I say it, whatever the provo’s held on to.

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  6. cut the bull says:

    Alan Yes there are republican groups who have arms aswell. So its a bit early sending envoys out to any where and if you take an honest look at both SF and the DUP they got to powerr by filling thier repsective elctorate full of shite.

    I think its a bit early sending any politician from here to any country as some kind of peace envoy, as I believe the sucess of the process here has yet to be proven and people are jumping to early to hailour experience as a sucess.

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  7. cut the bull says:

    Alan Yes there are republican groups who have arms aswell. So its a bit early sending envoys out to any where and if you take an honest look at both SF and the DUP they got to powerr by filling thier repsective elctorate full of shite.

    I think its a bit early sending any politician from here to any country as some kind of peace envoy, as I believe the sucess of the process here has yet to be proven and people are jumping to early to hailour experience as a sucess.

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  8. cut the bull says:

    Alan Yes there are republican groups who have arms aswell. So its a bit early sending envoys out to any where and if you take an honest look at both SF and the DUP they got to powerr by filling thier repsective elctorate full of shite.

    I think its a bit early sending any politician from here to any country as some kind of peace envoy, as I believe the sucess of the process here has yet to be proven and people are jumping to early to hailour experience as a sucess.

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  9. cut the bull says:

    sorry for triple posting bit of a prob with computer

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