Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

N. Ireland Tension Welcomes Clinton ; 2 Bombs Are Discovered as Secretary of State Urges 'Peace and Reconciliation'

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

N. Ireland Tension Welcomes Clinton ; 2 Bombs Are Discovered as Secretary of State Urges 'Peace and Reconciliation'

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Two bombs are found on eve of secretary of state's visit, during which she urges continuation of "peace and reconciliation."

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Northern Ireland on Friday just after the discovery of two bombs that, while unconnected with her diplomacy, underscored the continued power of sectarian passions almost 15 years after a formal peace accord brokered in part by her husband.

The discovery of the devices by the police in Londonderry followed days of chaos on Belfast's streets, with unionists who seek continued ties with Britain protesting a decision by the City Council to limit the number of days the Union Jack is flown on City Hall.

"The violence is a reminder that, although much progress has been made, the hard work of reconciliation and fostering mutual understanding must continue," Mrs. Clinton said in Belfast after meeting some of Northern Ireland's political leaders.

"The only path forward is a peaceful democratic one that recognizes the right of others to express their opinions but not to resort to violence," she said. "There can be no place in the new Northern Ireland for any violence. Any of the remnants of the past need to be quickly and unequivocally condemned. The United States will continue to strongly support all those who stand on the side of peace and reconciliation."

Mrs. Clinton arrived from Dublin for a brief visit hours after four men were arrested late Thursday when a homemade explosive device was found in Londonderry, police officials said. The bomb was found in a car rammed by officers investigating the activities of splinter groups that have broken away from the mainstream republican movement opposing British sovereignty in Northern Ireland.

The explosive device was described by the police as "viable." Army experts defused it after nearby homes were evacuated. The police also reported Friday that a letter bomb had been discovered in another part of Northern Ireland after a man was observed acting suspiciously near a mailbox.

Officers did not specify the name or address on the letter, but described the bomb as "a viable device capable of causing death or serious injury. …

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