Andrews congratulates John Hume and David Trimble
I offer my warmest congratulations to John Hume and David Trimble on securing the Nobel Peace Prize for 1998. It is a deep personal honour for both men. John Hume and David Trimble have both made enormous contributions to the cause of peace and reconciliation in Ireland. The vision and courage they have shown in that regard as leaders of their parties have now been recognised in this unique way by the Nobel Committee.
In awarding the Peace Prize to John Hume and David Trimble for 1998, the Nobel Committee is also recognising the landmark achievement represented by the Good Friday Agreement, and, in particular, the fact that its terms have been endorsed by the people of Ireland, North and South. The new beginning charted by the Agreement, founded on partnership, equality and mutual respect, is now the sovereign will of the people. The fact that the Peace Prize has been awarded jointly to John Hume and David Trimble is a powerful endorsement by the Nobel Committee and by the international community of the essential partnership at the heart of the Agreement. The Nobel Committee recognises also that the task of peace is not yet complete; it is essential that the hope and promise reflected in the Agreement, as endorsed by the people, can now be delivered in full by the implementation of all of its terms.
I also share the hope of the Committee that the foundations that have been laid by the Agreement can also serve to inspire peaceful solutions to conflicts elsewhere.
But most of all today belongs to John Hume, David Trimble and their families. It is a proud day for them all. They richly deserve our congratulations.Top