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Friday, October 15, 1999 Published at 22:21 GMT 23:21 UK

UK: Northern Ireland

NI loses out on Miss World entry

Miss Northern Ireland will not be among the line-up in the pageant

Lack of progress in the peace process may have cost Northern Ireland a place in the Miss World beauty pageant.

Around 99 women from around the world will compete for the glittering crown in London in December, but Miss Northern Ireland, Zoe Salmon, will not be one of them.

In previous years, Wales, Scotland and England have been represented by a solitary Miss UK.

However, in recognition of the establishment of the National Assembly in Wales and the Scottish Parliament, the Miss World Organisation has decreed that each country must now have its own representation.

Impasse in talks

But the current impasse in the political talks means the province does not have its own parliament - therefore excluding it from the beauty pageant.

The organiser of Miss Northern Ireland Alison Campbell says she hopes the decision will be changed.

"When I asked the question, why not this year they told me that it was to do with the timescale," she said.

"We had our competition in June which was before the decision was taken.

"Now they have told me that if I apply to have a licence for Miss Northern Ireland to go through to Miss World next year they will consider it."

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