Belfast pact auction 'misjudged'
Former minister for foreign affairs David Andrews has said putting a signed copy of the 1998 Belfast Agreement up for auction had been a “misjudgment” and he would withdraw the item.
“I’m withdrawing it from the auction. It was a misjudgment on my part,” he said.
The final draft with memorandum from former US senator George Mitchell and Canadian general John de Chastelain carried the signatures of then British prime minister Tony Blair, then Northern secretary Mo Mowlam and other key participants in the talks.
The document was issued only to those present on the final day of discussions on April 10th, 1998. The Irish Times reported on Saturday that it was due to be auctioned by Whyte’s auctioneers and valuers with a guide price of €3,000-€5,000.