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A Path To Peace In Northern Ireland??? (english)
30 Apr 2003
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A PATH TO PEACE IN N. IRELAND?

The IRA will not in any way undermine the peace process or the Good Friday Agreement, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said today. Republicans hoped Adamís statement would guarantee that the Assembly elections would take place as planned on May 29th. They also hoped it would persuade London and Dublin to release their joint declaration covering issues such as policing, justice and the scaling down of British army installations.

Adams said: "Last Sunday I made a lengthy statement about the future of the peace process which has been widely welcomed. In the course of my statement I answered three questions raised by the British Prime Minister. It is my belief that all three questions were answered fully. However, the Taoiseach, the British Prime Minister and others have queried my answer about alleged IRA activities. I want now in the interests of moving matters forward to eliminate any doubt which might exist in that regard. The IRA leadership makes it clear in its statement that it is determined that its activities will be consistent with its resolve to see the complete and final closure of the conflict. The IRA leadership is determined that there will be no activities which will undermine in any way the peace process and the Good Friday Agreement. The IRA statement is a statement of complete peaceful intent. Both governments have already acknowledged this. The Joint Declaration and all other statements should now be published. The commitments contained in all statements should be implemented," the statement concluded.

On the other hand, Protestant die-hards launched their campaign Tuesday for legislative elections by vowing to block future power-sharing with Catholics, the cornerstone of Northern Ireland's 1998 peace agreement. "Unless we destroy the agreement, we will be destroyed forever," Democratic Unionist leader Ian Paisley, 77, declared to a standing ovation at a party rally. Paisley's remarks reflect rising Protestant opposition to sharing power with Catholics. Paisley, a long time hate monger, will form part of a team of 40 DUP candidates at the May 29 election. Paisley founded a virulently anti-Catholic sect, the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, in 1951 and still preaches every weekend.
Sources: Irish American Information Service, Guardian, SF Gate

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