U.S. President Barack Obama has said during a visit to Northern Ireland as part of the G8 Summit hosted there that "the fate of peace" is up to the young people there.
As reported by ABC and CBS News Obama told a conglomeration of youths at Belfast's Waterfront Hotel that, "You set an example for those who seek a peace of their own. You are their proof of what's possible. Hope is contagious. And they are watching to see what you do next. The terms of peace may be negotiated by leaders, but the fate of peace is up to you."
“There is more to lose now than there has ever been. In today’s hyper-connected world, what happens here has an impact on lives far from these green shores. If you continue your courageous path towards a permanent peace, and all the social and economic benefits that come with it, that won’t just be good for you. It will be good for this entire island, for the United Kingdom, for Europe; and it will be good for the world,” he added.
Obama also said that his country "will always stand by" Northern Ireland adding that, "We will keep working closely with leaders in Stormont, and Dublin, and Westminster to support your political progress."