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Power-Sharing Urged in N. Ireland

Northern Ireland’s peace process will face “an enormous tragedy” if political rivals cannot agree this month to revive a Catholic-Protestant administration in the British territory, Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern said Monday. Ahern said he was confident that as part of a power-sharing deal, the outlawed Irish Republican Army would disarm fully – a key sticking point in past efforts to make Catholic-Protestant cooperation work. He urged the north’s Protestant leaders to forge a coalition now with Sinn Fein, the IRA-linked party. Otherwise, he said, there would be no opportunity to forge a deal before 2006.Full Story

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