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Architects of Good Friday Agreement mark anniversary at Queen's University Belfast

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Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and former US President Bill Clinton at an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, at Queen's University in Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 10, 2018. See PA story ULSTER GoodFriday. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The architects of the Good Friday Agreement have appeared together at an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the historic deal.

It has been organised by the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen's University.

Many of the key players in passing the landmark 1998 agreement have arrived on Queen's campus for the anniversary conference.

An opening address will be given by Senator George J. Mitchell, followed by three panel discussion with the figureheads in attendance.

Senator Mitchell is will be joined at the event by former US President Bill Clinton, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern - all of whom were in office when the deal was signed.

Other notable figures in attendance are former SDLP deputy first minister Seamus Mallon, former chief of staff to Tony Blair Jonathan Powell, former Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams, former leaders of the UUP Lord David Trimble and Sir Reg Empey, former DUP leader Peter Robinson, and Professor Monica McWilliams.

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley and Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney are also in attendance.

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Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and former US President Bill Clinton at an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, at Queen's University in Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 10, 2018. See PA story ULSTER GoodFriday. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
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(L-R) Jonathan Powell, Monica McWilliams, Lord John Alderdice, Seamus Mallon, Lord David Trimble, Bertie Ahern, Sir Reg Empey, Senator George J. Mitchell, Paul Murphy and Gerry Adams pose for a photo on the 20th Anniversary of the signing of The Good Friday Agreement on April 10, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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Bertie Ahern, Senator George J. Mitchell and Gerry Adams pose for a photo on the 20th Anniversary of the signing of The Good Friday Agreement on April 10, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Good Friday Agreement was signed on this day 25 years ago. Northern Ireland's present devolved system of government is based on this agreement and was a major part of the 1990's peace process. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
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Senator George Mitchell during an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, at Queen's University in Belfast.
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Lord David Trimble at an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, at Queen's University in Belfast.
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Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley and Ireland's foreign minister Simon Coveney prepare to speak to the media at an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, at Queen's University in Belfast.