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Peace Process Central to US President's Visit

12 June, 2008

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness will take the opportunity presented by next weeks visit by US President George Bush to raise a number of issues including the undocumented Irish.

Speaking today Mr McGuinness said:

"Successive US Administrations, including President Bush's have contributed to advancing the Irish Peace Process.

"As with previous Presidential visits there is an opportunity presented to deal with other issues of concern to people living here.

"President Bush is aware that we have serious reservations relating to US Foreign Policy, particularly the invasion and occupation of Iraq and we will be raising this directly with the President.

"When the Former First Minister and I met with President Bush, I took the opportunity to discuss our experiences of conflict resolution and my work with groups from Iraq.

"Late last year I raised the ongoing and unresolved issue of the undocumented Irish directly with President Bush and I am keen to continue this dialogue next week."


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