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Key figures from Good Friday Agreement period to gather for twentieth anniversary

Tony Blair, Senator George Mitchell and Bertie Ahern smiling after they signed the agreement

KEY figures from the Good Friday Agreement period are to gather at Queen's University Belfast to mark its twentieth anniversary.

Chairman of the talks and former US Special Envoy for Northern Ireland Senator George Mitchell will be joined by politicians, academics and community leaders.

They include former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair's chief of staff Jonathan Powell.

Gerry Adams, Lord David Trimble, Monica McWilliams, Seamus Mallon, Lord John Alderdice, and Peter Robinson will also feature.

The Building Peace: 20 years on from the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement event at Queen's is the only one of its kind to gather together so many of the key influencers on the anniversary.

Speaking ahead of the event, Senator Mitchell said he was delighted and honoured to be joining those who were involved.

"Queen's University is a world leader in global peace, security and justice so it is fitting that the key event marking the twentieth anniversary takes place here," he said.

"I look forward to sharing a celebration of what was achieved in 1998 with the people of Northern Ireland and those who were involved in getting us to the agreement, as well as reflecting on the progress made since then and considering the challenges as we look to the future."

The event on April 10 at the Sir William Whitla Hall, has been organised by the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. It is free to attend and open to the public on a first come first served basis. Advance registration is required at www.qub.ac.uk/buildingpeace

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