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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sinn Fein Predicts Rejection by Major

BELFAST -- Sinn Fein, the political wing of the IRA, said Monday that it expected London to reject proposals Sinn Fein says would bring about a new IRA cease-fire and warned that such a move would be a "lethal miscalculation" by the government.

The Irish Republican Army ended a 17-month cease-fire last February with a deadly London bomb blast that has been followed by a string of attacks on mainland Britain and the bombing of army barracks in Northern Ireland.

Prime Minister John Major was expected to respond later this week to proposals drawn up by nationalist politicians that set out terms the IRA believes the British government must meet if there is to be a restoration of the cease-fire.

The proposals include the immediate entry of Sinn Fein into multi-party talks. In addition, the talks should take place within an agreed time frame, and there would be no handover of IRA weapons before Sinn Fein joined the talks.