The police have resisted calls for an Army presence in Heathrow security since the three mortar attacks and have received only specialised searching equipment and its operators.
The Government yesterday rejected an IRA demand for negotiations, saying there would be no talks until the violence was halted. Constitutional nationalist opinion in Northern Ireland is divided over whether the airport mortar attacks and the IRA's statement accusing the Government of having a 'negative attitude' to the peace process mark the end of hopes for peace.
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