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Thursday, 8 March, 2001, 08:31 GMT
IRA statement in full
Arms cache
IRA: 'Political responsibility' with governments
The full IRA statement, announcing it will resume talks with the body supervising the handover of weapons.


The leadership of Oglaigh na hEireann [the IRA] has received a detailed briefing of the intensive negotiations which have taken place over the last eight weeks.

The British Government's position shows that it is not prepared to uphold the commitments it made over the last number of years.


The record shows that the IRA have honoured every commitment we have made including the opening of arms dumps to inspection by the agreed international inspectors

IRA statement
This is totally unacceptable to the IRA.

Despite this the leadership remains committed to the quest for a lasting peace in our country.

This will only be achieved if everyone plays their part.

Historic initiatives

In recent years Oglaigh na hEireann has engaged in an unprecedented series of substantial and historic initiatives to enhance the peace process, including maintaining cessations over seven years, regular monitoring of arms dumps by international inspectors and a commitment to the creation of a future in which the causes of conflict are resolved by peaceful means.

As an earnest of our commitment and despite the British government the IRA leadership has decided to enter into further discussions with the IICD [Independent International Commission on Decommissioning].

This will be on the basis of the IRA leadership's commitment to resolving the issue contained in our statement of 6 May 2000 and on no other basis.


The political responsibility for advancing the current situation rests with the two governments, especially the British Government and the leadership of the political parties

IRA statement
For this engagement to be successful the British government must deliver on its obligations.

It must return to and deliver on the agreements made with us on 5 May 2000.

At that time the two governments in a joint letter and a joint statement set out commitments for the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement by June 2001.

The British Government publicly and privately committed itself to deal with a range of matters including human rights, equality, justice, demilitarisation and policing.

The record shows that the IRA have honoured every commitment we have made including the opening of arms dumps to inspection by the agreed international inspectors, Cyril Ramaphosa and Martti Ahtisaari.

We have done so despite the abuse of the peace process by those who persist with the aim of defeating the IRA and Irish Republicanism and the obvious failure of the British government to honour its obligations.

The political responsibility for advancing the current situation rests with the two governments, especially the British Government and the leadership of the political parties.


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See also:

13 Feb 01 | Northern Ireland
IRA Statements 1999 - 2000
06 May 00 | Northern Ireland
IRA arms offer
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