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DATE=7/5/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-251450 TITLE=NORTHERN IRELAND UPDATE (S&L) BYLINE=LAURIE KASSMAN DATELINE=LONDON CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: BRITISH PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR IS TRYING TO REASSURE NORTHERN IRELAND'S UNIONISTS THAT HIS BLUEPRINT FOR DISARMING THE IRISH REPUBLICAN ARMY AND FORMING A GOVERNING EXECUTIVE BODY IN NORTHERN IRELAND IS FAIR. BUT THE I-R-A'S POLITICAL WING, SINN FEIN, WARNS IT WILL NOT ACCEPT PLANS TO EXCLUDE IT FROM GOVERNMENT IF THE DISARMAMENT PLAN FALTERS. MR. BLAIR DEFENDED THE PLAN IN PARLIAMENT ON MONDAY. CORRESPONDENT LAURIE KASSMAN REPORTS FRPOM LONDON. TEXT: PRIME MINISTER BLAIR OUTLINED THE BENEFITS OF THE PLAN, WARNING AGAINST THROWING AWAY WHAT HE CALLS THE BEST CHANCE FOR PEACE. /// BLAIR ACT /// AFTER 30 YEARS OF BLOODSHED, GRIEF-STRICKEN FAMILIES, TERROR-TORN COMMUNITIES, IS IT NOT WORTH WAITING 30 DAYS TO SEE IF THESE UNDERTAKINGS ARE FULFILLED? /// END ACT /// THE PLAN INCLUDES FORMING AN ALL-PARTY EXECUTIVE AND TRANSFERRING HOME-RULE POWERS TO BELFAST BY MID-JULY, WITH I-R-A DISARMING TO BEGIN A FEW DAYS LATER. MR. BLAIR HAS TRIED TO REASSURE ULSTER UNIONISTS THERE ARE GUARANTEES TO PUNISH THOSE WHO DO NOT ADHERE TO THE PLAN BY EXCLUDING THEM FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE EXECUTIVE. /// REST OPT FOR LONG /// PROTESTANT LEADER DAVID TRIMBLE WAS NOT CONVINCED, AND AGAIN RAISED UNIONIST CONCERNS THAT SINN FEIN AND THE I-R-A WOULD HOLD NORTHERN IRELAND'S POLITICAL FUTURE HOSTAGE. /// TRIMBLE ACT /// WHY GIVE, IN EFFECT, A VETO TO THE PARAMILITARIES? THIS WOULD MEAN THAT IF THE I-R-A DON'T LIKE THE RESULTS OF THE PATTON COMMISSION ON POLICING, FOR EXAMPLE, THEY COULD CLOSE THINGS DOWN SIMPLY BY DELAYING DECOMMISSIONING [DISARMAMENT]. IT ALSO GIVES OTHER PARAMILITARIES A VETO. /// END ACT /// MR. BLAIR INSISTED THE PLAN RELIES ON ACTIONS, NOT WORDS, WHEN IT COMES TO DISARMING THE PARAMILITARIES. /// SECOND BLAIR ACT /// SO I'M NOT ASKING US TO BE IN THE SITUATION WHERE WE EXPECT DEMOCRATS TO SIT IN THE EXECUTIVE WITH ORGANIZATIONS LINKED TO PARAMILITARY GROUPS WHO THEN COULD SIT THERE, KEEPING THEIR WEAPONS AND WITHOUT ANY ABILITY TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. /// END ACT /// MR. BLAIR HAS FOCUS SED HIS EFFORTS NOW ON CONVINCING THE ULSTER UNIONISTS TO SIGN ONTO THE DEAL, DESPITE THEIR DOUBTS. (SIGNED) NEB/LMK/PCF/WTW 05-Jul-99 12:23 PM EDT (1623 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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