Irish Leaders Win Nobel Peace Prize for Accord Brokered by Mitchell
Story posted October 15, 1998
Oct. 16, 1998, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to John Hume and David Trimble, the Irish leaders who reached a historic peace accord this spring with the help of former U.S. Sen. George J. Mitchell, who graduated from Bowdoin College in 1954. Mitchell was invited by both sides to mediate that process, which took 22 months of often day-long negotiating sessions.
Mitchell's efforts laid the groundwork to end decades of bloodshed and turmoil in Ireland. He described the sometimes grueling negotiations in a speech he gave at Bowdoin on Sept. 10.
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