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Last Updated: Monday, 26 September 2005, 13:47 GMT 14:47 UK
IRA 'moved slowly' to disarmament
By Brian Rowan
BBC Northern Ireland security editor

For years the writing on a Belfast wall read: "NOT A BULLET - NOT AN OUNCE".

It was the republican way of saying "no" to getting rid of its weapons and explosives.

But, in a process designed to end conflict, this position was never tenable.