‘We all have a role to play in making our peace process last’ – McKevitt

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Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

SDLP MLA Karen McKevitt has praised the people of Northern Ireland for being a positive example of peace to the world and called on everyone to play their part in protecting and preserving the peace process.

Speaking to an audience in the Northern Ireland Assembly after she attended the address by President Obama and the First Lady in the Waterfront Belfast, McKevitt spoke of the achievements to date and her hopes for future generations.

She said, “As we go about our day to day routines it is easy for us to forget just how inspirational we all are to people right across the world. The dark days of the Troubles are mostly behind us and we are living in a time of peace.

“We have achieved a great deal since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement and we should be proud of our accomplishments and protect our valuable peace process that is the envy of many countries throughout the world.

“Today, the President of the United States reminded us that we “set the example for those who are seeking peace.” The President said we are their blueprint to follow. We are the proof of what is possible. Hope is contagious. They are watching to see what we do next.”

McKevitt added, “I believe that we all must take ownership of our peace process. It belongs to everyone, to every single individual and we each have a role to play to make the peace process last.”

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