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Monday, 8 April, 2002, 10:11 GMT 11:11 UK
IRA arms statement in full
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The IRA said it was "a leadership initiative"
This is the full text of the IRA's statement announcing that is has made a second move to dispose of its weaponry.

The leadership of Oglaigh na hEireann (the IRA) has taken another initiative to put arms beyond use.

This follows detailed discussions between our representative and the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning. This initiative is unilateral.

At a time when there are those who are not fulfilling their obligations and others who seek to undermine the peace process, it could be argued that the IRA should not take such an initiative.

But it is precisely because of this that an initiative has been undertaken so that the peace process can be stabilised, sustained and strengthened.

We fully appreciate the difficulties this caused for republicans. However, the IRA is a highly disciplined and committed organisation.

This is a leadership initiative. We are relying on the discipline and commitment of our support base and our volunteers.

We remain committed to achieving our republican objectives.

However, the securing of a democratic peace settlement is not solely a task of Irish republicanism and we are mindful of the primary obligation of the British Government and of the unionist leadership.

This process can work if there is the political will to make it succeed. The IRA is once again demonstrating that will.

Signed P O'Neill


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