A great deal of confidence can be built relatively straightforwardly. Why doesn't the Secretary of State declare her intention to allow a limited amnesty for all paramilitary organisations that stick to their current ceasefire, effective from, say, three months after the conclusion of the talks in May?
It is time for a bold gesture to clear the air and restore momentum to the peace process. But an impromptu visit to the Maze is probably not the answer.
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