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>PEACE= IN IRELAND
understandable reasons the historic agreement approved, subject to
referendums, in Belfast on 10 April is being referred to in media reports as
a "peace deal", and of course it is devoutly to be hoped that over
time it will indeed lead to the abandonment of violence as a means of
achieving political aims in Northern Ireland. But we should be clear that in
the short term it will, alas, not produce peace: we may be sure that for the
near future one or more nasty sets of initials will continue to use bomb and
bullet.When terrorist incidents take place it is extremely
difficult for democratically elected politicians to resist the
pressures they then come under to react in such a way as to nullify
commitments made to pursue a particular political course (cf earlier
episodes in Northern Irish history and Israeli backsliding on the Oslo
accords). So, to strengthen their
own hand against the inevitable pressures they are going to come under, let
the politicians who approved the agreement of 10 April now show further
courage by making statements, in unequivocal words that could be quoted
against them, showing recognition that terrorist acts are going to take
place and affirming that nevertheless nothing
will deflect them from adhering to the Belfast agreement.
Match the following words to the definitions (2 points).
Gain or reach usually by effort, skill, courage.
In spite of this, however.
Thing that one has promised to do, pledge, undertaking.
Answer the following questions (1.5 points)
What is the intention of the Apeace
According to the author, what will happen in the short term?
Why do politicians have to show courage now?
Write the following sentences in the indirect speech (1.5 points).
>I might come to the party=, Judy said.
>Graham Greene lived in Antibes before he died=, he said.
c. >The patients are waiting for the doctor=, the nurse said.
Complete the following sentences in your own words (2 points).
We should visit her if
b. You must replace it if
Unless you go with her