NORTHERN IRELAND: Giving Politics a Try

Ballots at last have a chance, how ever slim, of replacing bullets in Northern Ireland. At no time since sectarian violence erupted four years ago has a political solution to Ulster's problems seemed so possible. Though urban warfare continues in the North's divided cities, Protestant and Catholic moderates could work together peacefully as a result of last month's Assembly elections.

Nearly two-thirds of the 78 seats in the Assembly are now held by members who agree with certain reservations that the Protestant majority must share power with the Catholic minority. They include ex-Prime Minister...

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