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    Just back from a two-day tour of Northern Ireland's trouble spots, British Labour Party leader Mr.

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    GV Wilson with troops in Northern Ireland (4 shots)

    CU Wilson, interviewer asks question

    TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 2): QUESTION: "Some of the things you suggest, like constitutional commissions, Westminster could impose on Stormont. But they couldn't impose it on Dublin, this sort of thing. Are you suggesting Dublin would accept that?"

    WILSON: "I didn't suggest imposing it. What I want Mr. Reath to do -- and this is why in a two-day debate I said "Don't come to a decision. Think about it." -- is first of all talks with the political parties in the House of Commons at Westminster, then broaden it to bring in all the political parties, including those that are not taking their place in Northern Ireland politics. And then we try and work out if we can get the basis to make the next move, a conference. It shouldn't be between governments, I think, because of the feeling of minorities in different parts of the areas concerned. And then we try to get all the parties, the major parties in the Southern Ireland Parliament, to join with the Stormont parties and the Westminster parties to try and work out a constitutional commission, to see if we can work out as one solution a play by which 15 years from now Ireland will be reunited with real safeguards for the North. It's going to be hell for a lot of people -- it's going to be hell for the people in the south to accept for example that they should join the Commonwealth and accept the Queen as head of the Commonwealth, But I think people in the north want to maintain a link with the Queen in that way."

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    Background: Just back from a two-day tour of Northern Ireland's trouble spots, British Labour Party leader Mr. Harold Wilson has been outlining his plan for ending the violence -- by uniting Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. He told the House of Commons today (Thursday) he hoped to see a united Ireland as part of the Commonwealth and subject, once again to the British sovereign.

    As a first step, Mr. Wilson recommends setting up a constitutional commission from the governments of Britain, Northern ireland (Stormont) and the Irish Republic. Later, Mr. Wilson spoke about his new plan to B.B.C. interviewer Keith Graves:

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