Striking a balance: The Northern Ireland peace process
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On 30 March, Downing Street faxed its draft for Strand One to Hume and Trimble but to no one else. Anger was expressed in the strongest possible terms. The objection was not just the manner of delivery of such paper. 

Mark Durkan

The formal negotiating process that led to the Belfast Agreement on 10 April 1998 was unusually long and for long periods appeared to be going nowhere, but they also provided many opportunities to try different mechanisms to overcome obstacles when the talks became bogged down. Mark Durkan provides a detailed account of the negotiating process, the formats and tactics, and how it was all brought together at the end.