B & B to hold war summit in Ireland.
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|Sat, 04-05-2003 - 8:15am|
Look what Sharon cooked-up in the Middle East, with support from Bush.
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>"The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the meeting near Belfast on Monday and Tuesday also will focus on efforts to bring peace to Northern Ireland and the Middle East.
It will be their third face-to-face talk in just over three weeks. The leaders met in the Azores on March 16, along with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, to announce the end of their diplomatic campaign. Bush and Blair held private talks at the Camp David, Maryland, presidential retreat March 27, more than a week after the war began."<
>"The pact's key accomplishment -- a joint Catholic-Protestant administration for the British territory -- fell apart last October after police uncovered evidence that the Irish Republican Army was running a spying operation from inside the heart of the administration. The scandal stoked Protestant opposition to continuing to work with Catholic hard-liners from Sinn Fein, the IRA-linked party.
A Bush visit now would be designed to maximize political pressure on all sides -- but particularly Sinn Fein and the major Protestant party, the Ulster Unionists -- to swallow unpalatable new compromises for the sake of wider peace."<
>"On the Middle East, Bush promised at Blair's behest to release his long-sought formula for peace once a new Palestinian prime minister is confirmed. The British prime minister has urged Bush to keep focus on the Middle East in an effort to temper criticism that the Iraqi conflict will inflame the Arab world."<