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Statement on Martin McGuinness

Statement by Tony Blair on Martin McGuinness:

“I am sorry that Martin McGuinness is standing down. Martin showed character and courage when he became part of the historic effort to create peace in Northern Ireland. I will never forget the intensity or the emotional strain of those meetings we had together over several years. He never stopped believing in his cause. But he never ceased in his determination to find a way to escape the bonds of history and try in the interests of all the people of Ireland to find a way to the future. I thank him for his service and for his leadership. I wish him well and his family to whom he is so devoted.”

“I am sorry that Martin McGuinness is standing down. Martin showed character and courage when he became part of the historic effort to create peace in Northern Ireland. I will never forget the intensity or the emotional strain of those meetings we had together over several years. He never stopped believing in his cause. But he never ceased in his determination to find a way to escape the bonds of history and try in the interests of all the people of Ireland to find a way to the future. I thank him for his service and for his leadership. I wish him well and his family to whom he is so devoted.”