|Ireland||ARCHBISHOP URGES POLITICIANS TO REVIVE THE PEACE PROCESS|
Politicians must spare no effort to revive Northern Ireland's two-year-old peace accord, the leader of the Anglican-affiliated Church of Ireland said in an Easter Sunday address.
"Time is no longer a luxury in the search for that stability. The longer solutions are delayed the greater are the opportunities for those with undemocratic agendas to exert influence on our lives," Archbishop Robin Eames told worshippers at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh.
The 1998 Good Friday peace accord laid the framework for a power-sharing administration bringing together Protestant, pro-British unionists, who want Northern Ireland to remain within the United Kingdom, and Catholic, pro-Irish nationalists.
But in February the British government suspended the administration after just 11 weeks to avoid a walkout by the province's main Protestant party, the Ulster Unionists, over the Irish Republican Army's failure to disarm. After meeting this week in London, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Irish counterpart Bertie Ahern said they were optimistic about a solution. But in its traditional Easter message, the IRA offered no hint that it will disarm and blamed Britain for upsetting the peace process.
Leaders of the IRA-allied Sinn Fein party echoed those sentiments at rallies throughout Ireland to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising rebellion against British rule.