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Fitting prize for two truly noble men.

THE greatest prize for David Trimble and John Hume is peace.

But winning the Nobel Prize is a brilliant bonus.

They will be the first to say that many others were as important in creating the Good Friday Agreement.

Tony Blair and his Irish counterpart, Bertie Aherne, played their part. So did President Clinton. And so did many political leaders in Northern Ireland, from both communities.

But most of all it was the people of Northern Ireland whose yearning for peace drove the politicians on.

The real prize belongs to them. Yet this is a just reward for John Hume and David Trimble.

Coming from very different backgrounds, they worked together to forge an alliance to end 30 years of bloodshed.

Of course there is not complete peace yet - not while there are great hoards of weapons still being held and centuries of mistrust and hatred to be overcome.

But anyone who says that Northern Ireland is not better off now than it was before the ceasefire is a fool, a heartless cynic or a dangerous liar.

John Hume has fought for years to turn Ulster away from violence. David Trimble came late to the battle but has played a historic part.

In an age when politicians are accused of having no principles or courage, here are two leaders who risked everything, including their lives, to bring peace to their people.

There have been no worthier winners of the Nobel Prize.
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Title Annotation:Leader
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 17, 1998
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