US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has arrived at Northern Ireland’s parliament stormont to push forward the peace process in its final steps.
Her visit gives diplomatic muscle to a cause long supported by Washington and her husband, who, during his Presidency, helped broker a deal, ending decades of violence. Hillary Clinton affirmed that the Obama administration would continue the support and said: “I want to be clear that when it comes to the important issues of devolution, of policing and justice, that is a decision for this assembly to make. My hope is that you will achieve what you have set out to do, to complete the process of devolution.” The financing of transferring policing and justice powers from London has been a major sticking point in recent weeks, with the Unionists pushing for British funds. More than 3,500 people died in ‘The Troubles’ before the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Hillary Clinton said securing political stability would lure more US investment.