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The Primate talks to BBC NI's Karen Patterson
Church of Ireland Primate Robin Eames calls for clarity
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Monday, 15 May, 2000, 16:15 GMT 17:15 UK
Loyalists urged to disarm

Primate: loyalist paramilitaries must come on board
The Church of Ireland primate has urged loyalist paramilitaries to reciprocate the IRA's gesture on arms and give up its weapons.

Archbishop Robin Eames made his comments in Belfast on Monday at the opening of the Church of Ireland's ruling body, the general synod.

The call came nine days after the IRA had declared it would put its arms beyond use to show its commitment to the Northern Ireland peace process.

But Dr Eames said there were many questions which remained unanswered.

"We need to be clear that this isn't a false trail and that there are certain answers which can be clearly given that will satisfy everyone."

The Archbishop said, in response to the IRA's offer, there was a need for movement from loyalist paramilitary organisations as well.

"If this is to be the breakthrough that we all hope and pray it will be, then certainly the loyalist paramilitaries have got to come on board."

'Ills of yesterday'

In his address , Dr Eames said the vast majority of people in the province had found some of the political changes involved in the Good Friday Agreement extremely costly.

He acknowledged that change was essential to answer what he called "the ills of yesterday".

"There's a yearning for peace, a yearning for clarity, a yearning for certainty and a way forward.

"But people have their memories, people have their doubts."

However, he warned there could be no stability or peace if the removal of alienation from within one community led to the creation of feelings of alienation in another community.

About 600 delegates are attending the general synod at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.

They represent both laity and clergy throughout Ireland.

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