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sSSSS-eflB I NEWSPAPER OP THE YEAR 45p Thursday September 4 1997 Published in London and Manchester TfoeQi Blair defends stoical royals Tho story unfolds The Scottish Football AsaodsUort appeared to retreat plans to play Belarus In a WOrtd Cup quaHfyfpaftiatehat3pmon i 8aturctay After 24 bow of sustained opposition from Scottjsh Secretary Donald Dewatand Prima Minister Tony War, fye association saldffnstl found a possible solution) but declined to say what it was Princes WlHIarn and Harry are likely to walk at the head of their mother's funeral cortege through central I4rttfon Palace officials said the; decision would be the boys' atone 9 Prince Charles and his sons Will return to London from Balmoral on Friday, going first to the chapel 1 St James's Palace to pay their respects re) Buckingham Palace has doubled the lengm of the funeral rouis, Diana's body wU be taken from St James's to Kensington Palace on Friday evening, from where the funeral cortege win leave at 10am the next day 0 lThei77-mllB route from Wimlriste Abbey to Diana's final resting place at Altfurp) fJprthamptonshlre, wBtake the cortege through certtrafsJ north txmdon andalongrthsiMT. j. Statement issued but no tribute to Diana Ewen MacAsklll, Stuart Millar and Ian Black HBHHONY BLAIR was forced to shore up the Royal Family yesterday in the Hi face of growing warn criticism of their failure to make any public ex pression of grief over the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Mr Blair stressed they had much to cope with, not only the complex organisation of the funeral but also with com forting the two princes. With its image in danger, Buckingham Palace finally moved to counter the divide between the Royal Family and the grieving public.

It agreed a longer route for the funeral procession and more condolence books. Crucially, it provided the first personal note since Sunday although there was still no direct expression of grief from Prince Charles or the Queen and, most telling, no tribute to Diana herself. Sandy Henney, press secretary to the Prince of Wales, said: "All the Royal Family, especially the Prince of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry, are taking strength from the overwhelming support of the public, who are sharing their tremendous sense of loss and grief. "They are deeply touched and enormously grateful." Last night the family's sense of loss was emphasised by Ronald Allison, the Queen's former press secretary, who told Channel 4 News: "They are genuinely grief stricken. They are genuinely devastated by this the whole of the family and particularly, of course, the Prince of Wales.

I am absolutely certain the funeral on Saturday will demonstrate the family's real anguish and the depth of their feelings." The Palace also let it be known that the princes may walk behind the funeral cor- Adams PHOTOGRAPH: DAVID SIUITOE Pavement artist, Jeremy Beever's tribute to Diana completed in Argyle Street, London "unfair" of people to charac way icweragu. ieraianase 0 WWid Charts Bfatr jvfjf attend tha funaral aWnowltfu Deputy Prima Minister PresfcotVFOfeto Secretary RoWn CotHtf other parr leaders, John Maftr and Baronsss Thatorw feel snubbed by not being invited and that all key decisions were being taken by the Royal Family and the Spencers it was clear that some considerations of protocol and self-esteem had been overlooked. Death of Diana, pages 2-5, Leader comment, letters, page 16) Camilla Paglla, page 1T Thatcher, and Mohamed Al Fayed, whose son Dodi was killed with Princess Diana. Complications emerged over the guest list for foreign dignitaries, with Russia seeking a high-profile candidate to represent it at the funeral after confirmation that Hillary Clinton and Bernadette Chirac will be there. With the Foreign Office insisting that no one should neral were being finalised, Downing Street insisted it will be a people's event and not one for the "great and the The number of politicians will be kept to a minimum, and the emphasis will be on inviting those who worked with the princess in charities.

Mr Blair, who spoke with Prince Charles on the telephone for 15 minutes last night, said he wanted "to make sure we involve as many people as possible so we can express our own sense not just of national loss, of personal loss." The Prime Minister, whose tege, ignoring advice from officials that it might prove too much of an ordeal, given the estimated 2 million mourners lining the route. The princes will return from Balmoral on Friday with Prince Charles. William, aged 15. who is understood to be receiving counselling from the Bishop of London, is reportedly determined to walk behind the gun carriage carrying his mother's coffin. The comments from Down ing Street and Buckingham Palace came after a day in which members of the public, not least those queuing to sign the books of condolence, expressed increasing hostility at the response of the Royal Family so far.

Much was directed at the failure to fly a flag at half-mast in Buckingham Palace; officials said there is no flag because the Queen is not in residence. Responding to the mounting criticism about the royal family remaining unseen and unheard in Scotland, Ms Henney said: "At a time when you remember a member of the family, I think you want to be at home with the family. And that's where the royal family are at the moment, in Balmoral." As preparations for the fu emotional comments on Sunday are held up in contrast with the silence from Prince Charles and the Queen, said: "I know those are very strongly the feelings of the Royal Family as well, who are trying to cope in a tremendously difficult situation. "They are trying to make all the practical arrangements which are very complex, obviously, for the funeral, at the same time as comforting the two boys." A Downing Street spokesman denied there was tension between the Government and the Palace over the funeral arrangements and said it was rebels restrained will compromise' Sinn Fein leader speaks of talks generosity in low-key US visit tense the Royal Family as austere. Downing Street disclosed that invitations to politicians will be restricted to a narrow circle: Mr Blair and the Dep uty Prime Minister, John Prescott.

and their spouses; the Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook; the Conservative leader, William Hague; Lib eral Democrat leader, Paddy Ashdown; the Ulster Unionist leader, David Trimble; the Scottish National Party leader, Alex Salmond; and party leaders in the Lords. John and Norma Major are invited, and Baroness acceptable," said a statement broadcast on government radio, which accused leaders of the secessionist movement of distributing alcohol and drugs to young people. Invading troops commanded by thehead of the presidential guardWseized two ships anchored at Grand Comore and sailed for Anjouan on Tuesday morning. Telephone links between Grand Comore and the two other Islands have been cut, but travellers arriving from Anjouan said the rebels were ready to resist and warned a bloodbath was possible. Woattior 10; Obituaries 16 Commont 1 Crossword 24 UIHBK VIQHIIUI id a Radio 10 TV 20 Paradise David Beresford In Johannesburg A WAR began in paradise yesterday when government troops from Grand Comore invaded the neighbouring Indian Ocean island of Anjouan to try to end its attempted secession.

Islanders reported battles outside Anjouan's main town, Mutsamudu, last night. Troops, prevented from entering the town, were expected to do so today, witnesses said. Comoran officers had arrested 15 Red Crescent volunteers who tried to help those hurt in the violence. Residents reported fighting around the air-strip at Ouani and in the town of Domonl. The president of the Islamic Republic of the Comoros, Mohamed Taki, confirmed that the invasion by 300 troops had been launched on Tuesday night.

"The security forces are progressively reestablishing the republican order, the freedoms and the safety of persons in Anjouan, mainly in Mutsamudu and Domoni," he said. A French foreign ministry forced to wattrV down its' new share But Mr Adams refused to give a direct answer to the question which was posed for him by the Northern Ireland Secretary, Mo Mowlam, in an article published here on Monday and timed to coincide with the Sinn Fein publicity offensive. Ms Mowlam wrote that "the key question now for Sinn Fein is whether it is prepared to accept an outcome arrived at through negotiations and consent, even if the agreement falls short of its Challenged to respond, Mr Adams said that Sinn Fein would "sell whatever we would agree to" but cautioned: "Don't expect us and no one should expect us to lower our expectations or to in any way dilute or diminish our very legitimate goals even before we go into negotiations." The Sinn Fein president, who is accompanied his latest visit by chief negotiator Martin McGuinness and by the recently elected Irish TD Martin Kettle In Washington GERRY Adams yesterday began his first visit to the United States since the IRA's latest ceasefire with the rare claim from a republican leader that Sinn Fein would be willing to make political compromises in the search for a lasting peace agreement in Northern Ireland. Speaking to journalists at the National Press Club in Washington, the Sinn Fein president said his party would enter next week's Northern Ireland talks "in a spirit of generosity, accommodation and a preparedness to Sinn Fein intended to take part in the talks in order to get "as far along the road to our political goals as But he added that its approach would be based on "compromise, compromise, compromise, NO salesmen. RIO commission.

NO jargon. HIO hassle. Caoimhehin 0 Caolain, em barked on a busy timetable of meetings with politicians and officials in Washington yesterday. But his current visit is a markedly low-key contrast to his first trip in 1994, when he was lionised in the media and was granted a White House meeting with President Clinton. Not only has Mr Adams begun to lose his novelty value with American audiences, but the publicity value of his visit is falling victim to the coverage of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, which continues to dwarf all other international news stories.

The Sinn Fein leader even found himself caught up in the Diana preoccupation when he was forced to deny that the IRA had ever planned to murder the late princess. A mark of the more sceptical official attitude in Washington towards Sinn Fein is that yesterday Mr Adams had to make do with a meeting with the president's new national security adviser, Sandy Berger, rather than repeat his meeting with Mr Clinton. iitiaaiHinniBIl banana, plants, haclcttg, deathiWjthnmchlstes, llethe'podlesof ciyllfaris caught in Colombia's spokesman, Yves Doutriaux, appealed for peace, saying: "We remain convinced that a lasting solution to the Comoran crisis can only result from negotiations between Comorans without violence." Two of the three Islands" making up the republic Anjouan and Moheu seceded on August 3. Peace talks supervised by the Organisation of African Unity were due to begin next Wednesday. French officials said yesterday that President Taki had requested a month's delay.

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