John Hume, architect of the Good Friday Agreement and Nobel Prize winner, dies at 83


The Social Democratic and Labor Party of Northern Ireland (SDLP), which Hume helped found, announced his death in a statement on Monday.

“Nobel laureate and former SDLP leader John Hume died last night,” the statement read. “We all live in the Ireland he imagined – at peace and free to decide our own destiny. Thanks, John. ”

Hume was one of the architects of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which ended the violent conflict in Northern Ireland by bringing Irish trade unionists and Republicans into a power-sharing government.

Later in the year he and David Trimble of the Ulster Unionist Party received the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of their work “to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland,” according to the Nobel committee. .

In its 1998 statement announcing the award, the committee wrote that the SDLP statement also included a quote from Hume himself: “I never thought in terms of being a leader. I thought very simply in terms of helping people. “


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