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September 11th 1995

The peace process in Ireland is at a dangerous stage. Ten days ago, with a summit meeting planned between the Irish and British prime ministers, progress seemed possible. The two governments had arrived at a draft statement that did not mention disarming the Irish Republican Army, the main obstacle to the all-party talks that could cement the shaky year-long peace. But it was soon clear that the issue was still unresolved.

The Irish government asserted that an unequivocal commitment by the IRA not to resort to violence would be acceptable. The British government…

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