Bill Clinton: You have to finish the job of cementing peace in the North

Former US president Bill Clinton has urged the people of the North to finish the job of cementing peace.

The US statesman said great strides had been made in the region in the last two decades, but more work was needed to overcome issues outstanding from the past.

Addressing a crowd in the Guildhall Square in Derry, Mr Clinton said it was not for him to propose the way ahead. Politicians had “inspired the world” but more progress was needed.

“You have to finish the job. That you free yourselves of the past, so you can embrace it and be proud rather than be imprisoned by it.”

Mr Clinton began his day-long visit by crossing a symbolic bridge in Derry. He walked across the footbridge linking the nationalist City side of the River Foyle with the unionist Waterside accompanied by former SDLP leader and Nobel Laureate John Hume and his wife, Pat.

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