ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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LONDON- No One to Talk to

LONDON No One to Talk to Farrukh Dhondy MAUDLING says he wants to talk about Ireland, but the right people don't seem to be willing to talk to him. The war in Northern Ireland progresses on Several fronts. Life in Belfast and Londonderry doesn't quite go on as normal, the housewife out shopping is liable to return with fumes of British Army CS gas burning her eyes. Public buildings, large private business offices and banks have been gutted by bombs. Confrontations between soldiers and Catholic youths throwing stones are liable to break out at most times of the day, anywhere. The occasional sniper's bullet kills a soldier, the army regularly .shoots civilians by mistake and has riots on its hands. The British and Stormont governments think, now and then, that they know who the leaders of the armed conflict are and make armed raids on Catholic neighbourhoods to arrest and intern them. The Provisional IRA which claims responsibility for the attacks on the occupying army and on business premises, refuses to talk till internment ends. Needless to say, Maudling can't publicly offer to make deals with them.

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