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IRA Must Disarm 'In Open' To Salvage Northern Ireland Government, Protestant Leader Says

The Irish Republican Army must scrap its weapons in front of cameras or Protestant witnesses if Northern Ireland’s Catholic-Protestant government is to be saved, the province’s leading Protestant politician said Saturday. Ulster Unionist Party chief David Trimble, who faces strong Protestant opposition to working with the IRA-linked Sinn Fein party, detailed his conditions for reviving power-sharing as Britain and Ireland pressed behind the scenes for a breakthrough. The British and Irish prime ministers, Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern, meet Monday to lead negotiations that are being billed as the last chance to repair the Ulster Unionist-Sinn Fein rift before a planned May election. Britain reportedly will offer new commitments on military cutbacks and police reform in hopes of winning concessions from the IRA, such as more disarmament and a clear-cut statement that the outlawed group has really renounced violence. But Trimble — who shared the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize for leading Protestants to support Northern Ireland’s Good Friday peace accord — said the IRA shouldn’t bother to decommission more weapons if the outlawed group insisted on secrecy. Full Story

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