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Afghan lawmakers seek N.Ireland peace lessons

Afghan lawmakers seek N.Ireland peace lessons

A dozen Afghan lawmakers have arrived in Dublin to explore the lessons of Northern Ireland peacemaking.
The Afghanistan National Assembly members from several once-warring factions are meeting Tuesday with Irish Foreign Minister Micheal Martin, President Mary McAleese and the foreign affairs committee of Ireland's parliament. They also are visiting a peace center in the mountains south of Dublin.
Later this week they travel to Belfast, capital of the British territory of Northern Ireland, to meet with the rival leaders of the Catholic-Protestant government there. Power-sharing was the central goal of Northern Ireland's 1998 peace accord and took nearly a decade to develop.
The Afghans' visit is sponsored by the American government aid agency USAID.


Updated : 2020-11-30 00:49 GMT+08:00