london - The former Conservative minister Lord Mayhew is deceased Saturday at the age of 86, his family reported. Mayhew was a major advocate for peace in Northern Ireland. He played a major role in the British-Irish Downing Street Declaration of December 1993, which laid the basis for peace talks.
The treaty led to a cease-fire by the IRA, the Irish Republican Army. The IRA fought with terror against British control of Northern Ireland, which remains part of the UK. The IRA finally called to stop the armed struggle against the British in 2005.
The politician was knighted in 1983 and represented as a minister in the British Parliament also Northern Ireland in the eighties and nineties of the last century. He also served as Attorney General.
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Mayhew was suffering from cancer and Parkinson's. He died in Kent in the presence of his family in his home.