Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (news - web sites) greets wellwishers outside the Europa Hotel during his visit in Belfast, Northern Ireland Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004. Clinton met with local political leaders. (AP Photo / Peter Morrison)
Bill Clinton is back in Belfast today, the scene of one of his most impressive foreign policy achievements, to cajole Ulster's politicians into resurrecting the Stormont assembly.
Mr Clinton was due to meet represtentatives of all the major parties, as well as a preparatory chat with Northern Ireland minister Paul Murphy, ahead of next month's intensive negotiations between Tony Blair and the Irish taoiseach, Bertie Ahern.
After talks with the Democratic Unionist's party's deputy leader Peter Robinson, and MLAs Jeffrey Donaldson and Nigel Dodds, a spokesman for the party - which rejects the Belfast agreement Mr Clinton helped broker - described the meeting as "useful".
Thanks for that Jim, Bill would be better of staying home. We are enjoying much peace compared to the 70's & 80's. Just as the Lord was the answer to the food problem in John 6, he is the answer to the sin problem of my nation & yours also. God bless, Sam
I bet that you folks in Ulster, really love having American Presidents coming around to help solve your problems. We already know in this country, all these Presidents that come over to help solve your troubles, are a big flop over here.
Of course, we are somewhat pleased when they are over there -- because they are here. We in the U.S., hope that Christianity spreads more uniformly through Ulster, the only way that the troubled waters will be somewhat calm over there -- and of course we will try to take our own advice.