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Premier Tony Blair last night revealed his ambition for Ulster saying: "I want peace for the children."

In an exclusive interview with the Mirror, his first as Prime Minister, he spoke of a Downing Street visit by teenagers from both sides of the divide.

"They spent a week in London together," he said. "It was the first time these kids had ever mixed. They all like the same pop groups, they all like the same things, and all have the same interests.

"I really felt a deep sense of responsibility to secure peace for them."

Asked how optimistic he was of achieving lasting peace he said: "We have a cease fire in place - which is good - although we are not dewy eyed about it.

"But at least it's proof that there is serious intent by Sinn Fein to pursue the democratic path."

The Premier publicly backed Princess Di's role as roving ambassador. "She earns respect and admiration from people around the world. I'm happy for that to continue."

But he didn't forget Charles. "They both do an awful lot of very good work," he said.

In a wide-ranging interview, Mr Blair talked of his first 100 days in office, how his family have adapted to No10, and why Oasis star Noel Gallagher reminds him of "devil incarnate" Mick Jagger.
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Author:Woodward, Will
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 29, 1997
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