Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said divisions in Northern Ireland over Brexit and Britain’s proposed amnesty for all Troubles-related killings are a threat to peace.
Clinton was installed as chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, the first female chancellor in the University’s history.
“Division over Brexit and the Northern Ireland protocol and proposed amnesty legislation might very well undermine a peaceful future, a future that people voted for, fought for and even died for,” she said.
“I don’t pretend to have the political answers to resolve this impasse.”
“That is up to the people of Northern Ireland. But I do know this: the future of Northern Ireland will be determined by the power of communities coming together, like the one here at Queen’s.”
Clinton went on to say that a spirit of coming together for the common good over political interest was the same spirit that enabled the Belfast Agreement to be negotiated.
She said people need to recommit themselves to the same spirit today.
IMAGE – “Hillary Clinton” by Gage Skidmore (CCBYSA2.0)