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    Question News :: IRA declare armed struggle over, cease fire to begin at 16:00 GMT+1 or BST.

    Hello all, i'm back from dry and sunny Cyprus [There's a bit of athe latter right now in London but it hasn't exactly been dry for msot of tyhe time i've been back ], hope all is well with you lot.

    Article extract >>

    The IRA has formally ordered an end to its armed campaign and says it will pursue exclusively peaceful means.
    In a long-awaited statement, the republican organisation said it would follow a democratic path ending more than 30 years of violence.

    The IRA made its decision after an internal debate prompted by Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams' call to pursue its goals exclusively through politics.

    Prime Minister Tony Blair said it was a "step of unparalleled magnitude".

    "It is what we have striven for and worked for throughout the eight years since the Good Friday Agreement," he said.

    End extract <<

    For ful article/further info :: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/4720863.stm


    [color=dark-blue]STATEMENT IN FULL

    The leadership of Oglaigh na hEireann has formally ordered an end to the armed campaign.

    This will take effect from 4pm [1600 BST] this afternoon.

    All IRA units have been ordered to dump arms.

    All Volunteers have been instructed to assist the development of purely political and democratic programmes through exclusively peaceful means.

    Volunteers must not engage in any other activities whatsoever.

    The outcome of our consultations show very strong support among IRA Volunteers for the Sinn Féin peace strategy



    Watch the statement
    The IRA leadership has also authorised our representative to engage with the IICD [Independent International Commission on Decommissioning] to complete the process to verifiably put its arms beyond use in a way which will further enhance public confidence and to conclude this as quickly as possible.

    We have invited two independent witnesses, from the Protestant and Catholic churches, to testify to this.

    The Army Council took these decisions following an unprecedented internal discussion and consultation process with IRA units and Volunteers.

    We appreciate the honest and forthright way in which the consultation process was carried out and the depth and content of the submissions.

    We are proud of the comradely way in which this truly historic discussion was conducted. The outcome of our consultations show very strong support among IRA Volunteers for the Sinn Fein peace strategy.

    There is also widespread concern about the failure of the two governments and the unionists to fully engage in the peace process.

    We reiterate our view that the armed struggle was entirely legitimate.

    This has created real difficulties. The overwhelming majority of people in Ireland fully support this process.

    They and friends of Irish unity throughout the world want to see the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.

    Notwithstanding these difficulties our decisions have been taken to advance our republican and democratic objectives, including our goal of a united Ireland.

    We believe there is now an alternative way to achieve this and to end British rule in our country. It is the responsibility of all Volunteers to show leadership, determination and courage.

    We are very mindful of the sacrifices of our patriot dead, those who went to jail, Volunteers, their families and the wider republican base.

    The IRA is fully committed to the goals of Irish unity and independence and to building the Republic outlined in the 1916 Proclamation

    We reiterate our view that the armed struggle was entirely legitimate. We are conscious that many people suffered in the conflict.

    There is a compelling imperative on all sides to build a just and lasting peace. The issue of the defence of nationalist and republican communities has been raised with us.

    There is a responsibility on society to ensure that there is no re-occurrence of the pogroms of 1969 and the early 1970s.

    There is also a universal responsibility to tackle sectarianism in all its forms.

    The IRA is fully committed to the goals of Irish unity and independence and to building the Republic outlined in the 1916 Proclamation.

    We call for maximum unity and effort by Irish republicans everywhere. We are confident that by working together Irish republicans can achieve our objectives.

    Every Volunteer is aware of the import of the decisions we have taken and all Oglaigh are compelled to fully comply with these orders.

    There is now an unprecedented opportunity to utilise the considerable energy and goodwill which there is for the peace process.

    This comprehensive series of unparalleled initiatives is our contribution to this and to the continued endeavours to bring about independence and unity for the people of Ireland.
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    See video :: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/default.stm#


    Wider political reaction......

    British Prime Minister Tony Blair
    "A step of unparalleled magnitude in the history of Northern Ireland".

    US President George Bush
    "This IRA statement must now be followed by actions demonstrating the republican movement's unequivocal commitment to the rule of law and to the renunciation of all paramilitary and criminal activities."

    Mitchell Reiss, President George Bush's special envoy to Northern Ireland
    "We will soon see whether these words will be turned into deeds. Everybody would like to move as quickly as possible but let's move ahead clearly and do it in a way which gives reassurance."

    Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Dermot Ahern
    "While there is unprecedented clarity in this statement, at the same time our view is that it's not only words but also actions."

    Ireland's Labour Party leader Pat Rabbitte
    "There is no doubt that the statement from the IRA is a hugely significant development that, if fully honoured in relation to decommissioning and other matters, has the potential to herald a new era of peaceful and democratic politics in Northern Ireland."

    Irish Green Party leader Trevor Sargent
    "It is vital that the IRA deliver swiftly on these commitments. If the blockage that the IRA and its activities represented has been removed, in a way that can be proven, then the onus is now on the DUP to return to the power-sharing structure of the Assembly so that the democratic institutions in Northern Ireland can be restored."

    Ireland's Finance Minister Brian Cowen
    "We have taken on board a clear statement of what they have to say. We now want to see the consequences of that in terms of going forward."

    Former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds
    "I knew and believed and said it so many times since that we had changed direction in relation to the republican movement and that in time it would be seen as such. This is an historical day."

    Sir Reg Empey, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party
    "I can't take any statement from the Republican movement at face value because we have had that many of them in the past."

    Ulster Unionist Party MLA Dermot Nesbitt
    "The words are now clear. But what remains to be seen is the action and how it is delivered on the ground.



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    I myself think that these words are of course welcome but as things stand right now, they are just that, words, let's see action on the ground before we get too far ahead of ourselves.

    Both sides but particularly the IRA still avhe much left to do, this statment still leaves many contentious issues unaddressed.

    How will the mroe hardcore elements react, will they break away and cntinue the fight using all necessary means? What will the Republican movement if years down the line they have a say in governing Northern Ireland, but their goal of a united Ireland is still no nearer? Aceept it? I'd hope so but i don't know.

    Other than the poll question which you can comment as you feel appropriate, do you really thgink this is the hyistoric moment that it is being made out to be?

    Will there be a return to devolved government by the year's end?

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