Republican News · Thursday 8 May 1997

[An Phoblacht]

Noraid message to Blair

Paul Doris, Chairperson of Irish Northern Aid in the US has written to the new British Prime Minister Tony Blair, urging him to move towards a ``peaceful and just settlement'' of the conflict in Ireland.

The full text of his letter is as follows:

``We take this opportunity to congratulate you on your recent election success.

``In your present position you have an historic opportunity to preside over a peaceful and just settlement to the Irish and British conflict.

``We trust you have learned from the actions of your predecessor that vetoes and preconditions are recipes for disaster and the only way forward is through all-inclusive talks as soon as possible. The people have spoken through the ballot box and now is the time for their representatives to negotiate, and speak for them.

``We believe that the present circumstances offer everyone hope for the future, and the leadership which you will provide shall go a long way in turning this hope into reality.''

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