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Wednesday, November 17, 1999 Published at 16:06 GMT

UK: Northern Ireland

IRA statement in full

IRA say they are "committed unequivocally" to search for peace

The IRA's full statement on the current state of the peace process in Northern Ireland.

"The IRA is committed unequivocally to the search for freedom, justice and peace in Ireland.

"In our view, the Good Friday Agreement is a significant development and we believe its full implementation will contribute to the achievement of a lasting peace.

"We acknowledge the leadership given by Sinn Fein throughout this process.

"The IRA is willing to further enhance the peace process and consequently, following the establishment of the institutions agreed on Good Friday last year, the IRA leadership will appoint a representative to enter into discussions with General John De Chastelain and the IIC, (Independent International Commission on decomissioning)

Signed, P O'Neill"

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