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Belfast Mayor Maskey meets Mayor Bloomberg of New York

20 February, 2003


Belfast Mayor Alex Maskey, who is in the US on a coast-to-coast tour to meet with Mayors, civic leaders and business people in eleven cities, this week met with Mayor Bloomberg in New York. The two Mayors discussed the difficulties in the peace process and the need for inward investment and job creation in Belfast.

Mayor Maskey has also met with Mayor Williams in Washington and Mayor O'Malley in Baltimore. Next week he will be travelling onto Philadelphia, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle.

Mayor Maskey said:

"Despite the difficulties caused by heavy snowfall on the east coast of the United States I have been continuing with my tour around the themes of peace, inward investment and job creation. There is a lot of goodwill in New York towards the people of Ireland, particularly those in Belfast and a keen interest to help the peace process and to support economic development across the country.

"My meeting with Mayor Bloomberg in New York was very productive. We discussed the current difficulties in the peace process and the need for inward investment and job creation in Ireland's second largest city, Belfast. While our cities are very different there are many experiences, which we share as Mayors."

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