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Negotiations Seek End to IRA Threat

The British and Irish governments summoned rival Northern Ireland parties Thursday to a moat-encircled castle in hopes of crafting a new peace package for the British territory. But progress in the expected three-day diplomatic push at medieval Leeds Castle east of London could depend, crucially, on the actions of an organization not officially at the table: the outlawed Irish Republican Army. A Catholic-Protestant administration for Northern Ireland — the central achievement of the U.S.-brokered Good Friday peace accord of 1998 — fell apart two years ago after suffering a string of crises linked to the IRA’s activities and refusal to disarm.Full Story

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