Archive – Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain turns 95 on April 21, 2021. (Archive) Photo: Victoria Jones / PA Wire / DPA
“It is clear that reconciliation, equality and mutual understanding cannot be taken as an end in itself, and requires constant commitment and commitment,” the Queen wrote in a statement on Monday. Peace processes in the region deserve a generation of politicians and people with the courage and vision to reconcile divisions.
According to historians, May 3, 1921 is considered the birth of Northern Ireland. On that date, the law exposing the secession of Northern Ireland from the rest of the Irish Islands came into force. Unlike Ireland, which split into an independent republic in 1922, Northern Ireland has been British ever since. The question of whether the country should join the United Kingdom or reunite with the Republic of Ireland has sparked decades of bloody civil war. Tensions in the region have recently risen again – Brexit was created due to new rules for trade with Great Britain, among others.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson also paid tribute to the anniversary: ”We need to pause to think about the complex history of the last 100 years,” Johnson wrote on Twitter. People in Northern Ireland, Ireland, the United Kingdom and around the world feel the anniversary is very different. “While this is a moment of mutual reflection, it is an important opportunity to celebrate Northern Ireland together and to create a better and brighter future for all its people.”
Although the anniversary was an important event for the trade union camp in Northern Ireland, the Republican-Nationalist camp saw no reason to celebrate: its largely pro-Catholic supporters wanted to reunite with the Republic of Ireland soon and reject the union with Great Britain.
Released: May 3, 2021, 11:16 am
Last Updated: May 3, 2021, 4:27 p.m.