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N. Ireland Administration Deal on Hold

It won’t be possible to forge a deal on reviving Northern Ireland’s Catholic-Protestant administration before voters elect a new legislature next month, Prime Minister Tony Blair’s office said Tuesday in an acknowledgment of its temporary defeat. A deal to restore the province’s administration fell apart last week when the Ulster Unionists, the major Protestant party, complained about the secrecy behind the Irish Republican Army’s surrender of its weapons. The IRA has kept the details of its disarmament secret to everyone but an international commissioner. Observers suggest that it could be trying to hide the small scale of disarmament moves from political opponents — or perhaps keep the large amount of weapons involved secret from its own members. Full Story

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