11 January 2006

British govt planning fresh North talks in early February


11/01/2006 - 13:56:08

The British government has announced its intention to arrange fresh peace talks between the Northern political parties in early February.

The planned negotiations on a return to power-sharing government were announced in the House of Commons today by Northern Secretary Peter Hain.

Power-sharing in the North has been in suspension since October 2002, but Sinn Féin has been pressing for fresh talks since the IRA announced an end to its armed struggle last year.

The Independent Monitoring Commission set up to monitor paramilitary ceasefires is due to issue a report later this month on whether the IRA has lived up to its promise to end all illegal activity.

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