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White House: Remarks By Bush, Paisley, Mcguinness


The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
December 7, 2007

Remarks By President Bush,
First Minister Of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley
And Deputy First Minister Of Northern Ireland Martin Mcguinness
In Photo Opportunity

Oval Office

Remarks by Bush, Paisley, McGuinness in Photo Opportunity

PRESIDENT BUSH: One of the great experiences for me during my presidency is to witness historic occasions, and I'm witnessing such an occasion with the arrival of Reverend Paisley and Mr. Martin McGuinness here to the White House. These two men are -- have dedicated themselves to embettering their -- Northern Ireland through their courage and conviction and desire to put aside the past and focus on a hopeful future.

And so I want to welcome you all here. I congratulate you for seizing the moment, and writing a hopeful chapter. I'm looking forward to hearing about how the United States can help Northern Ireland move forward. I know one way we can help, and that is to encourage our business leaders to take a good look at the economic opportunities that Northern Ireland presents.

And so I welcome you here. I'm proud of your accomplishments. And I welcome you all to say a few comments to the TV, if you care to do so.

FIRST MINISTER PAISLEY: Well, Mr. President, our first words on that -- (inaudible), we want to say from the people of Northern Ireland: Thank you. Thank you to the American people for all they have done for us in the past. We did a lot for you in the past, too.

PRESIDENT BUSH: That's right. (Laughter.)

FIRST MINISTER PAISLEY: But what I can say is we deeply appreciate that. And we also deeply appreciate the fact that we're here today, and that you have met us, and have tried to encourage us on this. We have had our political squabbles and fights. I think we have come to the end of that. I think that peace has come, there will be a fight for peace. You don't win peace, you have to fight to keep it.

PRESIDENT BUSH: That's right.

FIRST MINISTER PAISLEY: (Inaudible) that. We're dedicated to that. But we do need help in the economic field. And we're glad that the door has opened. We have had a very good reception in your country so far, and of course (inaudible) and when we look back and see this mighty army that's following hard in your tracks we know that this is your final -- and we say thank you, and we look forward to good dealings between our little country and yours in the coming days.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you, sir. Martin.

DEPUTY FIRST MINISTER MCGUINNESS: Can I, too, reiterate the comments of the First Minister in expressing our deepest thanks and appreciation to you and your administration for the tremendous help that we have received throughout the course of the process; follows on from the tradition of President Clinton and his administration.

So we're hugely appreciative of both of you for all of the tremendous support that we have received. Up until the 26th of March this year, Ian Paisley and I never could accomplish anything about anything -- (laughter) -- not even about the (inaudible). And now we have worked very closely together over the course of the last seven months, and there hasn't been an angry word between us.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you.

DEPUTY FIRST MINISTER MCGUINNESS: So I think that that clearly shows that we are set for a new course. There is peace and stability. We have transformed the political situation. What we now need to do, as you have correctly identified, is transform the economic situation so that we can give our young people, in particular, a better future.

I am confident that we can do that, and with the tremendous assistance we've received here in the United States, and particularly working towards the economic investment conference in May, the future looks greater than it ever has in the course of Irish history.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you, sir.

ENDS

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