His family said politician John Hume, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end violence in Northern Ireland. He was 83 years old.
The Catholic leader of the moderate Social Democratic and Labor Party, Hume was considered the chief architect behind the peace agreement. He shared the award with David Trimble.
A civil rights leader who joined the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland in the 1960s, Hume saw nationalism as a declining force. He sought the concept of extending self-government to Northern Ireland with power shared between the groups that make it up.
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“Ireland is not a romantic dream; it is not a flag; it is 4.5 million people divided into two strong traditions,” he said.
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“The solution is found not on the basis of a victory for one, but on the basis of an agreement and partnership between the two. The real division of Ireland is not a line drawn on the map, but in the minds and hearts of its people. “