Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 30, 2012


I am delighted to send greetings to all of you in Dublin. You have gathered here with an important mission in mind. There is a lot to be learned by examining the pieces that came together to achieve a peaceful political settlement in Northern Ireland.

Conflict resolution and mediation is one of the most difficult issues that we have to grapple with as a society. Building trust between parties and achieving and sustaining a peaceful settlement is an onerous task. But, it is also one of the worthiest challenges that you can choose to take on.

Over the course of the conference, you will engage in a series of high-level discussions involving some of the chief architects of the peace process. I hope that these discussions will inspire you. The Good Friday Agreement shows us that peace is a formidable goal, but it is an achievable one.

I also encourage you to consider the important role that women play in resolving conflict. In my visits to Northern Ireland and other places around the world, I have seen first-hand how women can be powerful mediators who build coalitions and foster compromise.

I admire your resolve in tackling these challenges, and I look forward to learning about what you discover throughout the course of this conference. Good luck.