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.....an end to the armed campaign.

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Full text of IRA statement

 

The leadership of Óglaigh na hÉireann has formally ordered an end to the armed campaign. This will take effect from 4pm 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 IRA leadership has also authorised a representative to engage with the IICD 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 Féin peace strategy. There is also widespread concern about the failure of the two governments and the unionists to fully engage in the peace process. This has created real difficulties. The overwhelming majority of people in Ireland fully support this process.

 

They and friends of Irish unity through 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 patriotic dead, those who went to jail, volunteers, their families and the wider republican base. 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 reoccurrence 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 Óglaigh 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.

 

P O'Neill.

 

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Guest imported_El Mamerro

Bump for greatness. This isn't getting enough attention.

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They may very well turn over weapons and explosives to make this appear legitimate, but I find it very difficult to believe that the IRA intends to completely disarm. Perhaps, in time, the peace process will make the arms caches unnecessary, Ireland will be united, and the British will remove their armed forces and government from the Six Counties. Until this happens, I have very little confidence that the IRA intends to actually completely disarm.

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NO WAY, MAN!!!!!!

 

How can we let them disarm?? They are terrorists, they need to hunted out of their foxhole and destroyed!!

 

What is this?

 

Either your with us or against us! Peace process?

 

War on Terror !!

 

KILL IRA!

 

YEAH!

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^^ I see this guys point.

 

My first thought was that it is a reaction to the recent bombings in London and the IRA's not wanting to get lumped in with the 'terrorists'.

What's that saying? 'Your enemy's enemy is your ally'? Maybe the whole London thing will make the Northern Ireland thing moot.

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Originally posted by Dawood@Jul 30 2005, 03:28 PM

NO WAY, MAN!!!!!!

 

How can we let them disarm?? They are terrorists, they need to hunted out of their foxhole and destroyed!!

 

What is this?

 

Either your with us or against us! Peace process?

 

War on Terror !!

 

KILL IRA!

 

YEAH!

 

If theyre willing to give up peacefully then things can be worked out in a different way. Unlike other people the IRA is willing to at least work out a peace.

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In other words the IRA is giving up and the British won. And the Irish actually expect the British will just up and leave eventually because of the IRA gave up?

Doesn't common sense dictate the opposite???

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer---> I don't live in Ireland I probably don't know all the facts about this.

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http://www.rte.ie/news/2005/0926/northpolitics.html

 

 

IRA has completed disarmament: de Chastelain

 

26 September 2005

The head of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning has said that he is satisfied that the IRA has completed its disarmament.

 

General de Chastelain said the decommissioning body had reported to the Irish and British governments that it had observed and verified events to put beyond use all of the arms in the IRA's possession.

 

He said the arms decommissioned included ammunition, rifles, machine guns, mortars, missiles, handguns, explosives and explosive substances.

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Well, I hate to be a spoilsport, but there's no way I trust the IRA to disarm themselves. The Ulster Defense Association (UDA) and the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) are refusing to disarm. What does that tell you? The Protestants don't trust the IRA one bit, and they will never disarm. Well, I shouldn't say never. Okay, it is VERY UNLIKELY that they will ever disarm.

 

I was once told that the IRA had tons of SKS rifles. I bet you dollars to doughnuts that those SKS's are buried and in perfect working order.

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Originally posted by KaBar2@Sep 30 2005, 06:52 AM

I was once told that the IRA had tons of SKS rifles. I bet you dollars to doughnuts that those SKS's are buried and in perfect working order.

 

I should hope so.

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Originally posted by MIZZaBcfly@Jul 31 2005, 09:31 AM

americans talking about northern ireland is both funny and annoying

 

its almost as funny/annoying as dub's talking about northern ireland...

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