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Bill Clinton to honour John Hume during latest Derry visit

By David Young

Former US president Bill Clinton will honour former SDLP leader John Hume's contribution to peace on a visit to Londonderry next week.

On his fifth visit, Mr Clinton will also address crowds in the city's Guildhall Square and launch a new book on peacemaking.

It has already been announced that the 67-year-old American statesman will visit Belfast to open a new department at Queen's University named in his honour.

Details of his trip to Northern Ireland's second biggest city have now been made public.

On the visit he will strengthen his relationship with the University of Ulster. Mr Clinton, a long-standing advocate of the peace process, will help launch Peacemaking In The Twenty-First Century – a new book collating a series of lectures, including one delivered by himself, at the university's Magee campus.

Former first lady Hillary Clinton and former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan have taken part in the Tip O'Neill Lecture Series.

SDLP Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey said it was a "worldwide mark of respect" that Mr Clinton was set to pay special tribute to Mr Hume.

University of Ulster vice-chancellor Professor Richard Barnett said: "The University of Ulster is delighted to strengthen its links with President Clinton and to welcome him back to the city."

Derry city mayor Martin Reilly said: "It is a great pleasure to welcome President Clinton back to the city at this time."

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