THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY
The Vice President met for almost an hour today with the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, David Trimble. The President joined them for part of the meeting. The focus of the discussion was the peace process in Northern Ireland.
The President and the Vice President expressed continued U.S. support for the efforts of the British and Irish Governments and the people of Northern Ireland to reach a just and lasting settlement. They underscored their view that such a settlement must be based on the consent of both communities of Northern Ireland.
The President and the Vice President expressed the view that the twin-track proposal supported by the British and Irish Governments offers a basis for progress in the peace process and for addressing seriously the issue of decommissioning of weapons. They exchanged views with Mr. Trimble on his proposal for an elected assembly in Northern Ireland.
The President discussed with Mr. Trimble his planned visit to Northern Ireland on November 30. He underscored that he is looking forward to meeting with people from both traditions and hearing their views on how to achieve a lasting peace.
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