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United States

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 26 November 1997

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10.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will make a statement on the contribution made by the United States towards the achievement of peace and stability in Northern Ireland. [16240]

11.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the United States contribution to efforts to achieve peace and stability in Northern Ireland. [16241]

17.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will make a statement on the contribution of the United States towards the achievement of peace and stability in Northern Ireland. [16248]

The United States Administration share our desire for an enduring peace and lasting political settlement in Northern Ireland. This was all the more evident during my recent visit to the United States. We greatly value their rejection of violence; their commitment to the talks process; their support for the principle of consent; and their continuing support for the International Fund for Ireland, which has contributed significantly to Northern Ireland's economy. The President himself takes a close personal interest in Northern Ireland affairs; the First Lady visited Northern Ireland last month and Senator George Mitchell and Donald Johnson are playing a vital independent role in the talks and on decommissioning respectively.