Suddeutsche Zeitung, German daily
IT WAS clear the (peace) process was not going to be easy. But at least the governments of London and Dublin did not seem to want to slam the door on any possibility, any exit. The facts have slammed it for them. Besides, when you negotiate anything beyond a halt to violence with terrorists, no concession is ever enough for them.
Sinn Fein . . . continues to be a fundamentally military organisation directed by IRA leaders. As a result, it refused to participate in any negotiations with London or Dublin until Britain had pulled out its army completely from Ulster, ie until it was recognised that (the IRA) had won the war.
To top it all, last week Molyneaux's Unionists, who until then had maintained an ambiguous position towards the British-Irish offer, put forward a condition that was impossible to fulfil . . . they demanded the re-establishment of a parliament in Belfast with executive powers. The IRA and the Unionists may have buried the new peace effort.
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