Statement by the Press Secretary: Northern Ireland (9/28/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
September 28, 2000


     As indicated by FBI Director Freeh in his statement today, the FBI has
not confirmed statements made during the recent criminal trial of Conor
Claxton that his criminal activities were known or sanctioned by the
highest levels of the IRA.  U.S. law enforcement will aggressively target
any effort from whatever quarter that could undermine the peace process
through illegal activities conducted from the United States.

     The Good Friday Accord offers the best hope for securing lasting peace
and prosperity for the people of Northern Ireland.  We recognize that there
are genuine difficulties in implementing the Accord.  This underscores the
need for all parties to act in a way that builds confidence in the process.
The pro-Agreement parties have overcome numerous obstacles to get as far as
they have.  We urge them to continue to work together to resolve remaining
difficulties toward full implementation of the Accord in all its aspects.


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