By Susan Falvella-Garraty
WASHINGTON, D.C. — White House officials confirmed that another trip by President Clinton to Northern Ireland is in the works, assuming continued political progress. Clinton is already set to travel to Europe in early June.
"We have been considering tacking on a stop to Ireland at the end," said one official. Somewhat disturbed British officials said the White House had asked them whether there was any open time in the second week of July for another U.S. presidential visit.
"Let’s just say no one would want to see Mr. Clinton in Ireland at the height of the marching season," said a British government spokesman.
Clinton remarked about an Irish trip late last week. Cautioning that the deal was not done yet, he said, "There’s still a matter to be resolved about what exactly the new police force would be called and how it can be constituted so that both Protestants and Catholics will join the police force and be a part of the unified police force.
"We’ve got one last issue and I don’t think anybody ought to be celebrating until we resolve the one last issue."