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IRA Gives Statement on Disarmament Talks

The Irish Republican Army delivered a confidential statement to the British and Irish prime ministers Sunday that lays out its conditions for resuming talks on disarming. In a message to journalists via Sinn Fein, the outlawed group said the statement outlined its current level of activity and its future intentions. The statement was apparently designed to persuade Prime Ministers Tony Blair of Britain and Bertie Ahern of Ireland to make public their own wider plans for peace. The governments in London and Dublin offered no immediate indication whether the IRA statement met their key demand a pledge to cease all hostile activities. The two leaders last week delayed publication of their governments’ joint peace plans after their negotiations with Sinn Fein, the IRA-linked party, produced a proposed IRA statement that they considered too vague. Full Story

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