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BARACK IN PEACE ROLE.

Byline: By STEVEN McCAFFERY

THE United States can continue to play an important role in the peace process under President Obama, Sinn Fein claimed yesterday.

The party's president Gerry Adams left yesterday to attend the Washington DC inauguration of Mr Obama.

He claimed the incoming US president had pledged action on a range of issues of importance to people in Ireland and said Sinn Fein would seek to build a positive relationship with the Obama administration.

The Sinn Fein leader met Mr Obama in the run-up to the presidential election campaign and as he flew out to the US yesterday he paid tribute to the role America has played in ending the Troubles.

He said: "The US has played a consistently significant role in the Irish peace process over the last decade. President-elect Obama has already committed to continuing US support for the Irish peace process.

"He has also made positive comments on trade and investment, and has acknowledged the need for immigration reform.

"Sinn Fein is committed to working with Irish America toward building on the positive relationship we have with both Democrats and Republicans and with the new administration in Washington. The coming into office of the Obama administration will present many positive new opportunities."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 19, 2009
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