The comments made by John Major, the Prime Minister between 1990 and 1997, on 3 August 2020.
John Hume was an advocate for peace in Northern Ireland for the greater part of his life.
Few others invested such time and energy to this search, and few sought to change entrenched attitudes with such fierce determination.
Those whose communities have been transformed into peaceful neighbourhoods may wish to pay tribute to one of the most fervent warriors for peace.
He has earned himself an honoured place in Irish history.