Belfast, Northern Ireland (CNN) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned recent outbreaks of violence in Northern Ireland and urged a continued commitment to peace as she met with political leaders in Belfast on Friday.
“There can be no place in Northern Ireland for any violence — the remnants of the past must be quickly condemned,” she said.
Four men were arrested Thursday night after police investigating “ongoing dissident Republican activity” found what they described as a homemade rocket that could have been used to attack an armored police vehicle when they stopped a car in the Londonderry area.
Police said they also discovered an unexploded letter bomb in a postbox in the village of Clough.
Violent disorder broke out this week after a vote by Belfast city councilors to change the policy of flying the British Union flag outside Belfast City Hall all year round, restricting it to certain designated days.