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Northern Ireland

Asked what the Prime Minister had said to Ian Paisley, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) told journalists that as with yesterday the reason for the meetings this week was to find out where we were following last week’s events. It was also to emphasize that we still wanted to push things forward, because we were in a situation where, whether we liked it or not, the two parties wouldn’t talk to each other. The Government was in the position of intermediary. Asked if the Prime Minister would suggest a meeting with Gerry Adams to Ian Paisley, the PMOS said it was a matter for Ian Paisley. We could not force people to meet. Other parties did meet with Sinn Fein. We meet with Sinn Fein. It was up to Ian Paisley to decide. In the mean time we would have to act as intermediary. Frustrating as that was.

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