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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Major Pushes For Irish Peace

LONDON -- British Prime Minister John Major pledged Thursday to push for progress in Northern Ireland's multi-party peace talks as British and Irish ministers tried to repair the damage done by last week's outbreak of rioting.

Major conceded that the violence, sparked when police revoked a ban on a Protestant march through a Catholic area, damaged links between the two states. The Irish government lambasted the police ban as a serious mistake.

But Major told parliament both Ireland and Britain were prepared to work to put their differences behind them and renew efforts to bring peace to Northern Ireland after 27 years of conflict, which has cost more than 3,000 lives.

Major described last week's sectarian riots after nearly two years of calm as "wholly unacceptable" and said he would not be put off his search for peace.

"Our relations, I believe, are strong enough on a government-to-government level and on a personal level for those talks to continue, even with those disagreements in front us, while we seek a solution to them," he said.