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Belfast violence 'unacceptable'

Belfast violence 'unacceptable'

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has spoken out against the "unacceptable" recent violence in Northern Ireland as she visits the province as part of a European tour.

At a press conference in Belfast this lunchtime, she joined joined First Minister Peter Robinson and Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness in condemning the recent violence in the Northern Irish capital.

"Violence is never an acceptable response to those disagreements and I strongly endorse what Peter and Martin have said that all parties need to confront the remaining challenges of sectarian division peacefully and together," she said.

Ms Clinton also condemned the intimidation of members of the Alliance party, including a death threat against Naomi Long.

"I know Naomi Long and, obviously, I am very distressed by the news that she’s been subjected to threats, that members of the Alliance party have had their homes and offices attacked. That’s absolutely unacceptable and both Peter and Martin have spoken out in unmistakeable terms condemning this kind of intimidation, threatening behaviour," she said

Speaking to BBC News earlier, Deputy First Minister Mr McGuinness hailed Ms Clinton for her "massive contribution to the peace process".

"I think this is a very important occasion today. The level of support from the White House, US State department, Capitol Hill for the past 15 years have been absolutely tremendous," he said.

"The Clintons have been at the heart of the peace process from the very beginning so when people describe this in the media as a farewell tour, we say we will see you again soon."



Ian Paisley Jr condemned the violence but said people are "justifiably very, very angry" over the decision to only fly the flag at City Hall on certain days.

 

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