Clinton aide targets Ulster deadlock

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The Independent Online
Tony Lake, President Clinton's National Security Adviser, met officials at Downing Street yesterday as part of efforts to revive the Northern Ireland peace process with a plan for an international commission for decommissioning IRA and loyalist paramilitary weapons.

There are hopes the proposal will be agreed before Mr Clinton's visit to Britain next month.

Dick Spring, the Irish Foreign Minister, and Sir Patrick Mayhew, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, will meet in Belfast today to discuss security and political plans for moving the peace process forward.