Peace Prize Winners still not satisfied (16-12-98)
John Hume from the SDLP and David Trimble from the Ulster Unionists,
the two Nobel laureates, cannot be satisfied with the present situation
in Northern Ireland.
Although violence has come to a halt, and England is complying with its
promise to release or transfer IRA prisoners from British prisons to prisons
in the Irish Republic, David Trimble raised pressure on the IRA to disarm.
He said in Oslo, 'I have not insisted on precise dates, quantities and
manner of decommissioning. All I have asked for is a credible beginning...
That is not too much to ask for.'
In the Peace Prize ceremony of December 10 Trimble optimistically
expressed hopes, however, by saying that the mountain of 'historical
sectarianism' has been crossed.
But there seems to be a long way to the valley of peace....