Belfast Agreement Strand 1


Taking into account the policing principles set out in the agreement, the Commission will examine the work of the police in Northern Ireland and present, on the basis of its results, proposals for future police structures and regulations, including the possibility of promoting broad Community support for these schemes. 3. The Assembly shall exercise full legislative and executive authority in respect of matters which currently fall within the competence of the six government departments of Northern Ireland, with the possibility of assuming responsibility for other matters, as described elsewhere in this Agreement. 4. The agreement included three areas: a new northern Ireland assembly and executive on a power-sharing basis, as well as two groups of cross-border institutions. Finally, the agreement promised early release of prisoners served for crimes related to Troubles. It is recognised that all institutional and constitutional provisions – an Assembly in Northern Ireland, a North-South Council of Ministers, implementing bodies, an Anglo-Irish Council and an Anglo-Irish Intergovernmental Conference, as well as all amendments to the British Parliamentary Act and the Constitution of Ireland – are interdependent and interdependent, and that the functioning of the Assembly and the North-South Council, in particular, is so closely related that the success of the depends on that of the other. The agreement called for the creation of an independent commission to audit police rules in Northern Ireland, “including ways to promote broad community support” for these agreements. The UK government has also pledged to “carry out a comprehensive review” of the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland.