I take this opportunity to congratulate John Hume and David Trimble on winning the Nobel Peace Prize. It is a fitting tribute to two courageous politicians who have taken tremendous risks in their search for lasting peace. It has to be seen as a major encouragement to the peace process and to all those who brought about its creation.
John Hume has given all his political life to the pursuit of peace and to the building of a new society in Northern Ireland. This recognition has long been earned. David Trimble deserves great credit for the leadership he has given to the Unionist community and for his valuable contribution to the peace process. I hope such well deserved recognition will encourage all parties involved to continue to strive for a full and lasting peace.
Probably the most prestigious prize in the world today, the Nobel Peace Prize, is a reminder that we are all involved in the ongoing road to peace and stability. It is a clear and powerful statement of support by the international community for the peace process. The world is watching with admiration and it is willing us all on. We must continue to work together to overcome the remaining obstacles.