June 17 - U.S. President Barack Obama tells a young audience in Northern Ireland, ahead of the G8 summit, that peace is a choice for everyone. Jessica Gray reports.
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks of choosing peace in the Northern Irish city of Belfast on Monday. (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING (PARTIALLY OVERLAID WITH PICTURES OF AUDIENCE): "Whether you are a good neighbour to someone from the other side of past battles, that's up to you. Whether you treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve, that's up to you. Whether you let your kids play with kids who attend a different church, that's your decision. Whether you take a stand against violence and hatred and tell extremists on both sides that no matter how many times they attack the peace, they will not succeed - that is in your hands." Although Belfast still experiences some sectarian tension, it has been largely peaceful since an accord with Britain in 1998. Obama is in Northern Ireland to attend the G8 summit, and focus on another conflict: Syria. Tough talks with Syrian ally Russia are expected, while world leaders are also set to discuss global action to curb tax evasion and avoidance. Security is tight in the remote area where the summit is being held. Police are preparing for anti-globalist protesters as well as a possible attack from militants who do not recognize the Irish Republican Army's 1998 peace agreement with Britain that ended decades of violence.