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June 22, 1996
HIGH HOPES for the talks in Northern Ireland have capsized. IRA terrorism-bombing of a shopping mall in England , murder of a policeman in the Irish Republic - has destroyed the premise on which the polilitical alter ego, Sinn Fein, to double-talk. It embarrassed the Irish Republic government's faith in Sinn Fein's leader, Gerry Adams. And it provoked the two main Unionist parties in the Protestant community into competitive intransigence. Such may have been the intent.The unnecessary election that Britain held before the all-party talks impeded negotiations.
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NEWS
March 12, 1995
President Clinton's embrace of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams may be good politics in the Senate Democratic caucus, where the president seeks the support of politicians who flaunt Green power every St. Patrick's Day. But it is also bumbling in the peace process in Northern Ireland and undermining the Irish-British framework agreement that the president ostensibly supports.The paramilitary cease-fires and the framework agreement have elevated the Ulster Unionists to be the key players of the moment.
NEWS
June 1, 2000
RESTORATION of home rule for Northern Ireland brings back the provincial government that lasted a half-century until 1971. With this difference: Instead of a government vs. opposition -- as in all other regimes in the British Isles -- the parties share executive power in rough proportion to their electoral strength. This completes the grand "devolution" that is Tony Blair's British Labor government's chief achievement. Four such regimes, analogous to American states, exist in stages from embryo to infancy.
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By Gilbert A. Lewthwaite and Gilbert A. Lewthwaite,London Bureau of The Sun | March 26, 1991
LONDON -- Unionist political leaders in Northern Ireland yesterday agreed to overt, face-to-face talks with nationalists -- the first in 15 years -- in a new effort to solve the bloody conflict in the province.They announced that they had "responded positively" to a proposal by Peter Brooke, Britain's secretary for Northern Ireland, for all-party talks that will eventually involve the government of the Irish Republic.Mr. Brooke, who is expected to make a parliamentary statement today or tomorrow, had set an Easter deadline for agreement on the talks.
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By BOSTON GLOBE | November 17, 1999
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- After centuries of hatred, division and bloodshed, nationalists and unionists in Northern Ireland engaged in an unprecedented exercise of mutual reassurance yesterday as they prepared to break the impasse that has stalled the peace process for more than a year.In a pair of statements that are part of an orchestrated piece of confidence building, Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble and Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams went out of their way to give each other the political cover they need to sell a compromise to their skeptical grass roots.
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By Gilbert A. Lewthwaite and Gilbert A. Lewthwaite,London Bureau of The Sun | May 16, 1991
LONDON -- Prime Minister John Major broke yesterday a deadlock threatening the first multiparty talks on peace in Northern Ireland in 17 years.Provincial political leaders will now meet on Monday in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for round-table talks, chaired by Peter Brooke, the British secretary of state for Northern IrelandProtestant unionist leaders from Northern Ireland flew to London to meet with Mr. Major after rejecting a 24-hour ultimatum from Mr....
NEWS
March 17, 1995
Oh, 'tis a glorious St. Patrick's Day in the White House.John Bruton, the taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland is to be guest of honor today. Gerry Adams, late of the IRA, famed for passionate commitment to an Irish Socialist Republic, will be an even more celebrated guest. President Clinton can have a great success and, like predecessors, tune out Ireland until next St. Patrick's Day.Or he can harm the peace process by wrapping himself up more pTC in the Green Flag and Mr. Adams' fund-raising to twit the Brits and win a few back-slaps in Congress.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 5, 2001
LONDON - The European Court of Human Rights ruled yesterday that Britain had violated the rights of 10 members of the Irish Republican Army and two civilians shot to death by government security forces in Northern Ireland in the 1980s and early 1990s. Provoking a surge of anger from unionist politicians and others who support British control of the province, the court ordered the British government to pay about $14,000 in compensation as well as tens of thousands of dollars in court costs to the families of each of the victims.
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By Bill Glauber, and Bill Glauber,,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | November 30, 1999
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Old foes overcame old grievances yesterday as Northern Ireland's leading politicians forged a power-sharing government designed to end a generation of bloodletting.The nomination of 10 candidates to Cabinet posts marked another important milestone in the step-by-step process designed to bring a lasting peace to the British province.For the first time since 1974, Northern Ireland is poised to gain political powers from the British Parliament in London and will rule itself through a 108-member local Assembly composed of majority Protestants and minority Roman Catholics -- groups that have been at war for generations.
NEWS
April 3, 1991
At first blush, the achievement of Britain's secretary for Northern Ireland, Peter Brooke, is not huge. Over 16 months of preliminary talks, he persuaded all but one of the significant political parties of the province to meet in a single room and talk about forming a provincial regime. No agenda is agreed upon and no predictions of success are ventured. But this will be the first such forum since 1975, and that is something.What has happened is that the Ulster Unionist Party and the Democratic Unionist Party, representing most of the Protestant majority, agreed to talks they previously shunned.
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