By Good News Network
Saturday, January 31, 1998
nearly 30 years of violence between Protestants and Catholics, a July
cease-fire remains in place and Britain's new leader Tony Blair has
coaxed historic enemies to sit down at the negotiating table.
In September, leaders of Sinn Fein, the political voice of the (IRA)
Irish Republican Army, joined the British and Irish governments and
other parties representing all sides in the historic gathering. Sinn
Fein, said they were ready to "compromise, compromise, compromise" to
achieve a negotiated settlement to Ireland's civil unrest.
Fein President, Gerry Adams added that, "It is in a spirit of
generosity, accommodation and preparedness to come to a compromise that
we would go into these talks". And in responding to Tony Blair's
prediction that Ireland would remain divided for some time, he confided
that, "We say just the opposite... there should be and there can be a
united Ireland in our lifetime."
Former US senator George
Mitchell said in late 1997 that he believed in his "heart and soul" an
agreement would be reached in the Northern Ireland peace talks that he
To date, many parts of Northern Ireland have returned to near- normality while negotiations proceed, though painstakingly slow.