Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2000

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Author: William J. Clinton  | Date: February 11, 2000

Statement on Action in the Northern Ireland Peace Process,
February 11, 2000

The Good Friday accord, made possible by the courage of leaders from both of Northern Ireland’s communities, responded to the people’s overwhelming desire for peace. It has been sustained by those leaders making the tough decisions necessary to keep the process moving forward. I regret that the IRA did not give the de Chastelain Commission a more timely commitment on arms decommissioning to maintain the momentum toward full implementation of the accord—a commitment which reflects the wishes of the vast majority of people both in Ireland and in Northern Ireland.

At the same time, we have seen real progress in the past few days. This progress is reflected in the most recent report from the de Chastelain Commission, which states that the commitment made by the IRA’s representative "holds out the real prospect of an agreement which would enable [the Commission] to fulfill the substance of its mandate." I urge all the parties to build on that progress, remain engaged, and carry through on their responsibilities to work together to achieve the full implementation of the Good Friday accord.

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Chicago: William J. Clinton, "Statement on Action in the Northern Ireland Peace Process, February 11, 2000," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2000 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, February 18, 2000 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2000), 36:3215 Original Sources, accessed July 25, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=2IX9WMWXYNFLRYQ.

MLA: Clinton, William J. "Statement on Action in the Northern Ireland Peace Process, February 11, 2000." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2000, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, February 18, 2000 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2000), 36:3215, Original Sources. 25 Jul. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=2IX9WMWXYNFLRYQ.

Harvard: Clinton, WJ, 'Statement on Action in the Northern Ireland Peace Process, February 11, 2000' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2000. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, February 18, 2000 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2000), 36:3215. Original Sources, retrieved 25 July 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=2IX9WMWXYNFLRYQ.