In January 2017, Martin McGuinness resigned from his post in protest at a political scandal over the new first minister, Arlene Foster, which broke the executive. He also referred to long-term issues where the DUP is not meeting the basic equality commitments set out in its agreements. The participants in the agreement were composed of two sovereign states (the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland), with armed forces and police forces involved in the riots. Two political parties, Sinn Féin and the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP), were linked to paramilitary organisations: the IRA (Commissional Irish Republican Army) and the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). The Ulster Democratic Party (UDP), associated with the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), had withdrawn from the talks three months earlier. Issues of sovereignty, civil and cultural rights, dismantling of arms, demilitarization, justice and police were at the heart of the agreement. The IRA renewed its ceasefire on 20 July 1997 and paved the way for Sinn Féin to participate in the discussions between the parties that had begun under Mitchell`s presidency. However, the issue of decommissioning persisted and the British and Irish governments tried to thwart the issue instead of letting the process derail again. As a result, Ian Paisley`s Hard-Line Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) party came out of the talks and never returned. The DUP refused any concessions on Northern Ireland`s constitutional position or negotiated with Sinn Féin, which it considered a terrorist. Although it was deeply unhappy, the more moderate UUP remained in the discussions. Faced with the DUP`s stated desire to halt the talks, Mitchell later wrote in his memoirs that his decision to leave had indeed helped reach an agreement. However, it is expected to have a lasting influence on Northern Ireland`s policy, as the DUP`s opposition to the Good Friday Agreement has severely hampered its implementation.
Sinn Féin participated in all-party talks on 15 September 1997, after adhesing to the Mitchell Principles. The agreement was for Northern Ireland to be part of the United Kingdom and remain in place until a majority of the population of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland wished otherwise. If this happens, the British and Irish governments will be « obliged » to implement this decision. But on April 10, 1998, after multi-party negotiations, an agreement was finally reached in Belfast – the Good Friday Agreement. This would allow paramilitary groups on both sides to get rid of their weapons and release the prisoners. It also paved the way for a power-sharing between unionists and Republicans and would create a number of cross-border institutions between North and South. The previous text contains only four articles; It is this short text that is the legal agreement, but it contains the latter agreement in its timetables.  Technically, this proposed agreement can be distinguished as a multi-party agreement, unlike the Belfast Agreement itself.  The Good Friday Agreement (GFA) or the Belfast Agreement (irish: Comhaonté Aoine an Chéasta or Comhaonté Bhéal Feirste; Ulster-Scots: Guid Friday Greeance or Bilfawst Greeance) is a couple of agreements signed on 10 April 1998 that put an end to most of the violence of the Troubles, a political conflict in Northern Ireland that had erupted since the late 1960s. This was an important development in the Northern Ireland peace process in the 1990s. Northern Ireland`s current system of de-decentralized government is based on the agreement.