Letter: Heed Good Friday

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Sir: David, McKittrick's 13 April report on the Northern Ireland peace process states that "in the event of failure almost all of the blame is likely to be laid at the door of Sinn Fein". This would be an extraordinary outcome.

The Good Friday Agreement does not contain a requirement for IRA decommissioning before Sinn Fein can take their place in the Executive. The Unionists themselves pointed this absence out, and required a private assurance from the Prime Minister about decommissioning before they would sign the Agreement.

Somehow the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach have decided that a private agreement between the Unionists and the Prime Minister takes precedence over a solemn agreement signed by all elected parties relevant to the conflict.

FRANK MURPHY

Coulsdon, Surrey

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