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The British government warned the Protestant majority in Northern Ireland today that boycotting peace talks could undermine a fragile truce with the Catholic minority.Protestant politicians, set on keeping Northern Ireland under British control, balked when Britain and predominantly-Catholic Ireland yesterday unveiled a framework for negotiations that would include a legislature with representatives from both countries. The Catholic Irish Republican Army embraced the plan, but Protestant leaders accused Britain of surrendering to the IRA at their expense expense. Michael Ancram, a British junior minister in Northern Ireland, told the BBC that "peace cannot survive" if a "political stalemate" continues.