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N. Ireland Pressed for Deal on IRA

A deal taking shape Friday in negotiations on Northern Ireland’s future would require the outlawed Irish Republican Army to resume disarmament and issue a new statement that, for the first time, would definitively renounce violence. In return, however, the IRA-linked Sinn Fein party is demanding an ironclad commitment up front from the Democratic Unionists, the major British Protestant party, to form and sustain a joint administration. All sides reported progress on day two of the talks, which are being led by the prime ministers of Britain and Ireland, Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern. Both premiers insist this will be their last major push to revive a Roman Catholic-Protestant administration in the British territory, the central goal of Northern Ireland’s Good Friday accord of 1998.Full Story

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