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Blair, Ahern Hold Out Hope for N. Irish Peace

July 12, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

The British and Irish governments admitted they had failed to defuse the crisis threatening to blow apart Northern Ireland's Catholic-Protestant administration, but they said a breakthrough could come when talks resume later this week.

"We can get the job done, of that I have no doubt," declared British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Said Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern: "Everybody knows the issues, and everybody knows the arguments. I just wish the solutions came so easy."

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