Britain's queen meets ex-IRA chief McGuinness

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Posted: Jun 27, 2012 6:07 AM
Britain's queen meets ex-IRA chief McGuinness

BELFAST (Reuters) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth shook hands with former Irish Republican Army commander Martin McGuinness for the first time on Wednesday, drawing a line under a conflict that cost the lives of thousands of soldiers and civilians, including that of her cousin.

The meeting in Belfast with McGuinness, who is now the deputy first minister of British-controlled Northern Ireland, comes 14 years after the IRA ended its war against Britain's claim to the province, and is one of the last big milestones in a peace process whose success has been studied around the world.

(Reporting by Conor Humphries, writing by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Kevin Liffey)