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PREMIER SETS DEADLINE FOR POWER-SHARING DEAL

Britain and Ireland will "find another way" to promote Northern Ireland's peace accord if local parties cannot make a deal to revive power-sharing by Nov. 26, Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern said Tuesday.

Ahern revealed the deadline for the next stage of Northern Ireland's decade-old peace process while fielding questions from lawmakers in the Irish parliament.

Nov. 26 will be the first anniversary of legislative elections that handed the power for reviving a joint Catholic-Protestant administration to the two extreme poles of opinion: the Democratic Unionists on the British Protestant side of the community and Sinn Fein on the Irish Catholic side.

The Democratic Unionists are demanding the complete disarmament and disbandment of the outlawed Irish Republican Army before they form a government alongside Sinn Fein, an IRA-linked party whose two top leaders, Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness, are also reputed IRA commanders.

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