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The World

February 26, 1985

Britain's Cabinet minister for Northern Ireland, Douglas Hurd, condemned a Roman Catholic politician's secret meeting with Irish Republican Army leaders as a mistake that endangers peace talks. John Hume, leader of the moderate Social Democratic and Labor Party, which advocates Irish reunification, met with IRA leaders in an attempt to talk them out of their campaign of violence aimed at ending British rule in Northern Ireland. The session broke down after five minutes because Hume refused to allow it to be videotaped.

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