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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Statement on the Northern Ireland Peace Agreement
Washington, DC, April 10, 1998
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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I join the President in warmly welcoming the news of a peace settlement in Northern Ireland. The United States will continue strongly to support the cause of peace, and stands ready to help in the coming weeks and months.

Making this agreement work will require the same kind of dedication and determination the political leaders have exhibited in these talks. I am deeply encouraged by the willingness of all the parties present around the negotiating table to make the difficult choices necessary to make this peace process succeed.

The leaders of the parties deserve admiration for the political courage they have shown over the past week. I applaud British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern for the perseverance and unflagging commitment they have demonstrated in pursuit of peace in Northern Ireland. I also commend Senator George Mitchell who has earned a special place in history for his extraordinary determination over the past two years to see this process through to its successful conclusion.

All who have worked for peace in Northern Ireland look forward to the new beginning that this agreement will make possible.

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