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Monday, 15 December, 1997, 09:59 GMT
Ahern tries to move on Northern Ireland talks
The Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern has announced a new initiative in the Northern Ireland peace process.

He said the British and Irish governments would be seeking agreement from the parties in Northern Ireland to move the peace talks to London and Dublin.

The talks have been taking place at Stormont Castle just outside Belfast, which was the seat of the unionist-dominated Northern Ireland Assembly until the early 1970s.

The proposal is seen as an effort by to speed up the process of negotiation.

In another development, the leader of the main Protestant party, David Trimble of the Ulster Unionists, refused to rule out meeting the head of Sinn Fein, the IRA's political wing.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service.

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