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A Sinn Fein apology for massacre

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A decade after an Irish Republican Army bomb killed 11 people in Northern Ireland, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said Saturday that he was "deeply sorry" for the attack.

The bomb, which also wounded 60 people, exploded as a crowd gathered at a war memorial in Enniskillen, 80 miles southwest of Belfast, on Nov. 8, 1987. It was the IRA's worst slaughter of civilians in Northern Ireland during the IRA's 27-year campaign to end British rule.Survivors marked the 10th anniversary Saturday with five minutes of silence, prayers and church bells. They laid bouquets at the bomb site.

"You don't cry about what you've lost, because it's something you can't change - but nor can you ever forget," said Noreen Hill, whose husband, Ronnie, was buried beneath the rubble of a Catholic book shop and remains in a coma.

"You can't live without hope," she said.

Adams, speaking on BBC Radio Ulster, said the only way to guarantee a peaceful future was to tackle the causes of the conflict and resolve them.

Adams, whose IRA-allied party was admitted to negotiations on Northern Ireland's future because of the IRA's open-ended truce in July, emphasized that the cease-fire couldn't last if Protestant political leaders didn't move - or the British government didn't force them to.

The main Protestant groups have officially observed a cease-fire since October 1994, but a man associated with the largest group, the Ulster Defense Association, was killed Saturday in a boat explosion in Warrenpoint, 30 miles south of Belfast.

Police would not say whether the victim was the target or had been working on a bomb himself.

Meanwhile, Adams addressed concern about divisions within the Sinn Fein and IRA after several members resigned. He said Saturday that the IRA remained "cohesive" and the number of dis-gruntled members was small.

"If this is widespread, if there is a real split, and so on, that will emerge," he said.

On Thursday, the IRA confirmed that a half-dozen members, including senior figures, resigned in protest against the leadership's strategy. That same day, about a dozen Sinn Fein activists resigned because of unhappiness over Adams' affirmation of the principles of nonviolence to which all parties in the talks must subscribe.