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Britain's queen shakes hand of ex-IRA chief

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 00:42

June 27 - Britain's Queen Elizabeth shakes hands with former Irish Republican Army commander Martin McGuinness for the first time, drawing a line under a conflict that cost thousands of lives. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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NOTE: VIDEO IS MUTE (ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Britain's Queen Elizabeth shook the hand of former Irish Republican Army (IRA) commander Martin McGuinness for the first time on Wednesday (June 27), drawing a line under a conflict that cost the lives of thousands of soldiers and civilians, including that of her cousin. The meeting with McGuinness, who is now the deputy first minister of British-controlled Northern Ireland, comes 14 years after the IRA ended its war against Britain's claim to the province, and is one of the last big milestones in a peace process whose success has been studied around the world. The queen met McGuinness in a theatre in a leafy middle-class suburb of Belfast, which hundreds of police cordoned off ahead of the event. There has been scattered opposition to the gesture of reconciliation from dissident Irish militants and from some of the IRA's victims. But the vast majority of the province's politicians back the meeting, the first between the queen and a top member of the IRA or its former political wing, Sinn Fein. For the queen, the Northern Ireland conflict has long had a personal edge. Her cousin Lord Mountbatten was killed by the IRA in 1979 with three others, including his 14-year-old grandson, when his boat was blown up while he was on holiday in Ireland.

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Britain's queen shakes hand of ex-IRA chief

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 00:42