We view this agreement as a clear demonstration of British and Irish determination to make progress concerning Northern Ireland and in their bilateral relations. Given the complex situation in Northern Ireland, all may not applaud this agreement.

But let me state that the United States strongly supports this initiative, which pledges to both communities in Northern Ireland respect for their rights and traditions, within a society free from violence and intimidation.

On a number of occasions we have joined the Irish and British governments in condemning violence and discord in Northern Ireland and calling on all Americans not to assist, either with money or moral support, those misguided efforts that prolong the nightmare of terrorism and hatred. Our call is even more compelling now that a framework for peace has been agreed upon. . . . Now that a framework has been established, the work of constructing a durable peace must proceed. . . .

We have often encouraged Americans to let their foreign investments and vacation dollars, and the employment opportunities that accompany such spending, find their way to the Emerald Isle. I am proud that Northern Ireland enterprises in which American money is involved are among the most progressive in promoting equal opportunity for all.

The British and Irish governments have pledged their cooperation in promoting the economic and social development of those areas, in both parts of Ireland, which have suffered from the instability of recent years.

It is entirely fitting that the United States and other governments join this important endeavor. . . .