State papers: Ex-US President Carter mooted as potential special envoy to Northern Ireland BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Former US President Jimmy Carter was suggested for a Northern Ireland peace process role in the early 1990s. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/state-papers-exus-president-carter-mooted-as-potential-special-envoy-to-northern-ireland-37661488.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article37661487.ece/f6f31/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-12-28_new_46811205_I1.JPG Email Former US President Jimmy Carter was suggested for a Northern Ireland peace process role in the early 1990s. Speculation was mounting in January 1993 that President-elect Bill Clinton would appoint a special envoy. British Foreign Office official Jonathan Powell mentioned Mr Carter in a note disclosed in an archived British government file released by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Mr Powell described how former congressman Bruce Morrison, then head of the Irish Americans for Clinton lobby group, envisaged the envoy. Mr Powell wrote: “He (Morrison) did not envisage an Irish American filling the role. “An Irish American like (Bill) Flynn would have too much baggage. “He envisaged instead someone completely independent, like Jimmy Carter, or someone in the same mould but of lower profile.” Mr Carter only served one term in office as President, from 1977 to 1981. In August 1977 he became the first President to speak on the issue of Northern Ireland. He expressed his support for “peaceful means for finding… Read full this story
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