[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1993, Book II)]
[October 30, 1993]
[Page 1868]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]



Statement on the Peace Process in Northern Ireland
October 30, 1993

    I welcome the efforts of Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds and 
British Prime Minister John Major to reinvigorate the negotiations for 
peace in Northern Ireland. I join their condemnation of the use of 
violence for political ends and strongly support their commitment to 
restart talks among their two Governments and the four constitutional 
parties of Northern Ireland. Their joint statement issued yesterday in 
Brussels underscores their common resolve to work for peace, justice, 
and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. The United States stands ready 
to support this process in any appropriate way.
    All friends of peace were outraged at the tragic and senseless IRA 
bombing in Belfast on October 23 and the ensuing violence. Especially in 
the wake of such action, we must redouble our efforts to reject violence 
and pursue the path of peace. As we remember the victims of the 
sectarian violence that has torn the region for too long, let us work 
together to ensure that the vision of the two Governments demonstrated 
in their joint statement bears lasting fruit.