Politician John Hume, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end violence in Northern Ireland, has died, his family has said. He was 83 years old.
The Catholic leader of the Social Democratic Party and moderate Labor, Hume was seen as the main architect of the peace agreement. He shared the award with David Trimble.
A civil rights leader who joined the Northern Ireland civil rights movement in the 1960s, Hume saw nationalism as a force in decline. He researched the idea of extending self-government to Northern Ireland with power divided among the groups that make it up.
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“Ireland is not a romantic dream; it is not a flag; that’s 4.5 million people divided into two powerful traditions, ”he said.
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“The solution will not be found on the basis of the victory of one or the other, but on the basis of an agreement and a partnership between the two. The true division of Ireland is not in a line drawn on the map, but in the minds and hearts of its people.