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Bloody Sunday sparked IRA talks.

A BRITISH official sounded out a leading member of the IRA after Bloody Sunday about the political options fac-ing Edward Heath's Government, it emerged yesterday.

Cabinet papers released under the 30-year rule have revealed a Government offi-cial secretly met senior IRA man Frank Morris days after the killing of 14 civilians by the Army in Londonderry.

In a memo dated 10 days after the shootings, t he official reported ``the minimum con-cessions which the Provision-als would expect are an assumption by Westminster of responsibility for law, order and security of Northern Ire-land and a guarantee that internment (without trial) would be phased out.'' Details of the meeting w ith Mr Morris have emerged in a television programme on the 1972 Cabinet papers broadcast in Northern Ireland last night.

Minutes dated February 3 1972 showed ministers sketch-ing out an arrangement which would eventually mutate into the Good Friday Agreement 26 years later.

The television programme also shows the Heath govern-ment considered redrawing the border to create a Protestant-only province.

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Date:Jan 1, 2003
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