This now leaves British Prime Minister John Major in the uncomfortable position of being the only one openly skeptical about the peace process, notes TIME London reporter Helen Gibson. Major has so far insisted that the I.R.A. add the word permanent to its cease-fire declaration -- something that Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams refuses to do. Now, with Sinn Fein's mortal enemies effectively accepting the I.R.A.'s word, "it's ratcheted up the pressure on Major," says Gibson. "It's just a matter of time before he gives in."