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DATE=11/12/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=NORTHERN IRELAND (L UDPATE) NUMBER=2-256085 BYLINE=LAURIE KASSMAN DATELINE=LONDON CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Former U-S Senator George Mitchell has met with Unionist and Republican leaders in Northern Ireland and says the two sides will meet again Monday. Mr Mitchell who helped broker the 1998 peace agreement now is trying to break an impasse over disarming the Irish Republican Army paramilitaries. V-O-A Correspondent Laurie Kassman reports from London. TEXT: Mr Mitchell refuses to give up after more than two months of non-stop talks, billed as a review of the peace process. He has given both sides a couple of days away from the negotiating table to consult with their political supporters. A statement issued in his name says "it is appropriate to take the time necessary to thoroughly and carefully consider these important matters." Unionists and Republicans have been deadlocked for nearly two years over the timing of the handover of I- R-A weapons and the establishment of an all-party council to deal with the transfer of home rule powers from London. Hope of a breakthrough was dampened Thursday night when Ulster Unionist party leaders rejected the latest, unspecified I-R-A bid to break the impasse. The head of the I-R-A's political wing, Gerry Adams says the Unionists must decide, in his words, "whether they want the process to succeed". /// ADAMS ACT /// Sinn Fein has demonstrated that we want it to work and made strenuous efforts, we have taken initiatives and stressed ourselves and our constituencies to the limit. /// END ACT /// British Prime Minister Tony Blair urges more patience. He spoke to reporters in South Africa where he is attending a Commonwealth summit. /// BLAIR ACT /// I hope very much that people will keep on trying to think calmly about this, have some patience, understand how extraordinarily close we are to an agreement and how far people have come. /// END ACT /// So far neither side is ready to call it quits. Both Sinn Fein and the Ulster Unionists say they will be back at Belfast's Stormont Castle to continue the talks on Monday. (Signed) NEB/LMK/JWH/KL 12-Nov-1999 09:49 AM EDT (12-Nov-1999 1449 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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