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ACTION EUR- 12 

INFO OCT-01 ISO-OO CIAE-00 DODE-OO PM-05 H-02 INR-07 
L-03 NSAE-00 NSC-05 PA-02 PRS-01 SP-02 SS-15 
USIA-15 ACDA-12 10-14 OMB-01 /097 W 

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R 021157Z FEB 78 
FM AMCONSUL BELFAST 
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 1851 
INFO AMEMBASSY LONDON 
AMEMBASSY DUBLIN 

UNCLAS BELFAST 021 

E.O. 11652: N/A 
TAGS: PINT, UK 

SUBJECT: NORTHERN IRELAND REACTION TO CONSERVATIVE SPOKESMAN 
AIREY NEAVE'S REJECTION OF POWER-SHARING FOR ULSTER 

1 . THERE WAS A PREDICTABLE DIVISION OF OPINION IN ULSTER 
OVER THE FEBRUARY 1 STATEMENT BY AIREY NEAVE, CONSERVATIVE 
SHADOW SPOKESMAN ON NORTHERN IRELAND. NEAVE’S SPEECH TO THE 
CONSERVATIVE WOMEN'S CONFERENCE AT SURBITON WAS DESCRIBED BY 
THE BBC AS INDICATING A POSSIBLE BREAK IN THE COOPERATION 
BETWEEN THE LABOUR AND CONSERVATIVE PARTY ON NORTHERN IRELAND. 
HIS CONTENTION THAT "THANKS TO THE IRISH GOVERNMENT, A 
POWER-SHARING ADMINISTRATION IN NORTHERN IRELAND IS NO LONGER 
PRACTICAL POLITICS" WAS DESCRIBED BY SDLP LEADER GERRY FITT AS 
"THE BIG TORY DOUBLE-CROSS, BUT THEY WILL HAVE TO BE MADE VERY 
MUCH AWARE NOW THAT ANY PLAN TO PUT THE UNIONISTS BACK INTO 
POWER IN A MAJORITY GOVERNMENT IS A NON-STARTER." AUSTIN CURRIE, 
THE SDLP CHIEF WHIP TOOK THIS STATEMENT A STEP FURTHER. 

THOUGH CALLING FOR AN "URGENT MEETING TO CLEAR THE AIR 
WITH THE TORY LEADERSHIP" HE ADDED THAT "IF SUCH A POLICY 
IS EVER IMPLEMENTED NORTHERN IRELAND WILL BE UNGOVERNABLE 
AND THE SDLP WILL PARTICIPATE IN MAKING IT UNGOVERNABLE." 

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2. LOCAL OFFICIAL UNIONIST PARTY REACTION TO MR. NEAVE’S 
REMARKS WAS GUARDED. HARRY WEST, THE PARTY LEADER SAID 
SIMPLY THAT THE "STATEMENT WAS OF GREAT INTEREST TO US." 

HE INDICATED A HESITANCY TO SAY MORE BECAUSE OF MR. NEAVE'S 
FURTHER REMARKS IN THE SAME SURBITON ADDRESS THAT "A NEW 
SYSTEM OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT IS NEEDED FOR THE BENEFIT OF 
ALL SECTIONS OF THE COMMUNITY." IN RESPONSE TO THIS 


Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 20 Mar 2014 



Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 20 Mar 2014 


MR. WEST INDICATED THAT "WE WILL HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL 
IN LOOKING AT WHAT HE MEANS BY A NEW SYSTEM OF LOCAL 
GOVERNMENT." 

3. OFFICIAL UNIONIST REACTION IN PARLIAMENT CAME FROM 
JAMES MOLYNEAUX, THE PARTY LEADER IN THE COMMONS. HE 
DENIED THAT THE STATEMENT WAS THE RESULT OF ANY DEAL 

WITH THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY OVER APPROVAL FOR AN UPPER TIER 
OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND THE DROPPING OF POWER-SHARING "BUT 
ADMITTED THAT OFFICIAL UNIONIST AND CONSERVATIVES WERE COMING 
CLOSER TOGETHER. HE ADDED THAT THE UNIONISTS "HAVE ALWAYS 
HAD MORE IN COMMON WITH THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY THAN THE 
LABOUR PARTY." 

4. REACTION FROM OTHER PARTIES WAS SIMILARLY VARIED. 

ALLIANCE PARTY LEADER OLIVER NAPIER DESCRIBED MR. NEAVE'S 
REMARKS AS "VERY REGRETTABLE" AND ACCUSED THE CONSERVATIVES 
OF "MAKING A DESPERATE BID - IN ANTICIPATION OF A CLOSE FINISH 

IN THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION." PETER ROBINSON SECRETARY 
OF IAN PAISLEY'S DEMOCRATIC UNIONIST PARTY STATED THAT, IF 
MR. NEAVE'S REMARKS INDICATED THAT "A GLIMMER OF LIGHT HAS 
PENETRATED TORY THINKING THEN IT IS TO BE WELCOMED." HE 
ADDED, HOWEVER, THAT "WE HAVE NO REASON TO PUT TRUST IN THE 
CONSERVATIVE PARTY AS IT HAS BETRAYED ULSTER LOYALISTS BEFORE 
AND IF IT WAS EXPEDIENT WOULD DO SO AGAIN." 

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Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 20 Mar 2014 


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Current Classification: UNCLASSIFIED 

Concepts: FORM OF GOVERNMENT, SPEECHES 

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Copy: SINGLE 

Draft Date: 02 feb 1978 

Decaption Date: 01 jan 1960 

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Document Number: 1978BELFAS00021 

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Review Action: RELEASED, APPROVED 
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Review Date: 23 feb 2005 
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SAS ID: 3435419 
Secure: OPEN 
Status: NATIVE 

Subject: NORTHERN IRELAND REACTION TO CONSERVATIVE SPOKESMAN AIREY NEAVEYS REJECTION OF POWER-SHARING FOR 
ULSTER 

TAGS: PINT, UK, (NEAVE, AIREY) 

To: STATE 
Type: TE 

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Sheryl P. Walter 
Declassified/Released 
US Department of State 
EO Systematic Review 
20 Mar 201 4 

Markings: Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 20 Mar 2014 


Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 20 Mar 2014