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Former first minister David Trimble MP
Former first minister David Trimble MP
BBC BREAKFAST WITH FROST INTERVIEW: DAVID TRIMBLE MP FORMER FIRST MINISTER JULY 1ST, 2001

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DAVID FROST: And as we were just speaking there, the leader of the Ulster Unionists David Trimble has just confirmed why he felt he had to resign.

DAVID TRIMBLE: The third anniversary of the first meeting of the Northern Ireland Assembly, three years, three years which to see the agreement fully implemented, but three years in which it has not been implemented. And in particular the one thing about which virtually nothing has happened, is the process of putting paramilitary weapons completely and verifiably beyond use. This is also the day after the last date given by the governments for full implementation. Originally in the agreement full implementation should have been done by the 22nd May 2000. In May last year the government, with the agreement of the parties, set June 2001 as the date for full implementation. That date clearly went past at midnight last night. And it's for that reason, because I can no longer have any confidence in the promises, the unfulfilled promises made by Republicans, and because I wanted to ensure that there would be no suggestion of the process moving beyond this without the issue being properly settled, that I have now ceased to be First Minister in Northern Ireland. I'm prepared to resume that office, but only if we get this issue settled and we see weapons being put permanently beyond use in accordance with the decommissioning legislation. That will have to be done. And we will have to be sure that the agreement is going to be properly adhered to and not traduced.

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