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Statement by the President: Northern Ireland: Loyalist Ceasefire (12/15/00)

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                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release                                        December 15,

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

I am delighted that loyalist paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland have
today committed themselves to an open-ended cessation of hostilities and
developed peaceful mechanisms to address disputes that may arise.  This
action responds to the overwhelming desire of the people of Northern
Ireland to see their peace flourish and endure, which I sensed during my
visit this week.  I congratulate the loyalist political leaders who I know
worked so hard to bring this about.


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