April 02, 2020

Mitchell confident talks will succeed in Ulster

LONDON — The Northern Ireland peace process is on track to be a success by its May deadline, the American chairman of the talks said Wednesday, despite three days of negotiations that ended with no firm progress.

“These are difficult issues. But it isn’t a function of time to resolve them, it’s a function of will — and increasingly, the will is there,” said George Mitchell, the former U.S. Senate majority leader.

Negotiators from seven parties — from the major pro-British Protestant party, the Ulster Unionists, to the IRA-allied Sinn Fein — will resume the search for compromise Monday in Belfast.

“I wouldn’t put odds on it, but I really do think a settlement is going to happen,” Mitchell said in an interview with The Associated Press.

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