THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY
Killing in Northern Ireland
The President condemns today's premeditated murder of Billy Wright at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland. This killing, coming during the Christmas season, makes no sense at a time when the people of Northern Ireland have real cause for rejoicing at the prospects for peace and prosperity in the New Year. We urge the leaders, parties and people of Northern Ireland not to allow this cowardly act to distract them from the important work at hand, not to engage in acts of revenge. Non-violent dialogue and negotiation is the only way to support the forces of democracy and justice in the pursuit of a lasting solution to the issues which divide the communities and traditions of Northern Ireland.
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