Dr Stephen Farry MLA stated: “George Mitchell has been a tremendous servant for Northern Ireland, both in terms of his central role in our peace process and providing leadership in higher education.
“His diplomatic skills and integrity have won him tremendous respect from all sections of the community.
“He has given more to Northern Ireland over the past fifteen years than anyone could have imagined or had a right to expect.
“He now has an important role to play for the Obama Administration in the Middle East. I am sure that the whole community in Northern Ireland would wish him well in that challenge.”