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Northern Ireland


Date: 06/17/2013 Description: President Obama and the First Lady wave to a crowd at Belfast Waterfront Hall. © AP Image

"It's been 15 years now since the Good Friday Agreement; since clenched fists gave way to outstretched hands. The people of this island voted in overwhelming numbers to see beyond the scars of violence and mistrust, and to choose to wage peace. Over the years, other breakthroughs and agreements have followed. That’s extraordinary, because for years, few conflicts in the world seemed more intractable than the one here in Northern Ireland. And when peace was achieved here, it gave the entire world hope. The world rejoiced in your achievement -- especially in America." -- President Obama, June 17, 2013


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