Blair, Ahern Hold Out Hope for N. Irish Peace

From Times Wire Reports

The British and Irish governments admitted they had failed to defuse the crisis threatening to blow apart Northern Ireland's Catholic-Protestant administration, but they said a breakthrough could come when talks resume later this week.

"We can get the job done, of that I have no doubt," declared British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Said Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern: "Everybody knows the issues, and everybody knows the arguments. I just wish the solutions came so easy."

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