THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams met with National Security Advisor Anthony Lake at the White House for two hours over lunch. The President joined part of the meeting.
The President and Mr. Lake expressed their continued support for the Northern Ireland peace process and for the efforts of those on both sides who continue to work for a just and lasting settlement.
Mr. Lake expressed his gratitude and appreciation to Senator George Mitchell and his colleagues for recommendations on the ways to advance the peace process. He found the Report's suggestions on the decommissioning issue helpful and believes the other ideas should be urgently discussed in the political track of the twin track process.
The President underscored the need for rapid progress to all-party talks. He encouraged all parties to remain committed to the search for peace and determined in its pursuit. Finally, the President discussed his visit to the United Kingdom and Ireland last November and the overwhelming support of the people to move beyond the violence and hatred of the past.
The United States remains committed to continuing its efforts to work with the British and Irish governments to achieve that goal.
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