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Continued: Peacemaker George Mitchell steps into Minnesota Orchestra dispute

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 24, 2013 - 10:11 AM

Mitchell, 79, led what became known as the Mitchell Principles in 1996 — tenets that he felt were essential in reaching peace in Northern Ireland. They included using democratic and peaceful means to resolve political issues; verifiable disarmament; a renunciation of the use of force and to abide by the terms of any agreement.

The Belfast Peace Agreement was signed in 1998.

The leak Monday of documents that were considered confidential demonstrates one of the challenges in a dispute that has become extraordinarily bitter and public.

Blogger Norman Lebrecht said he received the documents from musicians, through a third party.

Mitchell was to discuss the situation with both sides this week, sources said.

Gov. Dayton was approached in May, following a Star Tribune editorial that urged his involvement. He requested names of possible mediators at that time.


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  • George Mitchell

    Born: Aug. 20, 1933

    1977-79: U.S. attorney for Maine

    1980-95: Democratic U.S. senator from Maine

    1989-95: Senate majority leader

    1995-2001: U.S. special envoy for Northern Ireland

    2004-07: Chairman, Walt Disney Co.

    2007: Chief investigator, appointed by Major League Baseball, into allegations of players’ use of performance-enhancing drugs

    2009-11: U.S. special envoy for Middle East peace

    Minnesota orchestra dispute timeline

    April 12, 2012: Contract talks begin

    Sept. 30, 2012: Talks break off

    Oct. 1, 2012: Musicians locked out

    January 2013: Attempt to restart talks fizzles

    May 2013: Canceled concerts mean loss of entire 2012-13 season

    July 2013: Former Sen. George Mitchell enlisted in contract talks

    September 2013: Start of new season and opening of renovated Orchestra Hall in doubt

    November 2013: Carnegie Hall concerts remain on schedule, for now

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