Letter: In Brief

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The Independent Culture
Sir: If William Hague actually wants to do something besides crucify the Good Friday Agreement, he will push David Trimble to implement it by setting up the full Executive whether or not the IRA promptly disarms ("Angry clashes over release of terror inmates", 28January). For the agreement's decommissioning section, like it or not, provides only that its signatories "use any influence they may have" to persuade the paramilitaries to disarm over the next two years. Sinn Fein's democratic electoral mandate is unaffected by what the IRA, not a signatory to the agreement, does.

THOMAS HUTCHISON McFADDEN

Oxford

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