Peter Hain appears optimistic that the widely expected IRA statment is imminent and that it will have the capacity to “open a new chapter in Northern Ireland politics“. Some of the speculation that’s been circulating over the past few weeks is that the statement will be modelled on the one that brought the border campaign to a close in early 1961. Though, this BBC piece speculates that the logic of putting the pike in the thatch may not be so strong today: given Sinn Fein’s electoral strength in Northern Ireland particularly.
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