2005-07-28

Intolerance: The End of The IRA

'The Irish Republican Army (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 'Sinn Fein party's' President, Mr.Gerry Adams said the move was a 'courageous and confident initiative' and that the moment must be seized. UK Prime Minister Mr.Tony Blair said it was a: UK Prime Minister
'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.
'The IRA' made its decision after an internal debate prompted by The 'Sinn Fein Party' Predident's call in 2005-04 to pursue its goals exclusively through 'politics'. Sinn Fein PresidentThe 'Sinn fein Party' President said the statement of 2005-07-28 Thursday was a:
'Defining point in the search for a lasting peace with justice'
-- and also presented challenges for others.
'It means that "Unionists" who are for "The Good Friday Agreement" must end their ambivalence,' he said. 'And it is a direct challenge to "The DUP" to decide if they want to put the past behind them, and make peace with the rest of the people of this island.'
In a joint communique the British and Irish governments welcomed the statement and said if 'The IRA's' words
'Are borne out by actions; it will be a momentous and historic development'. 'Verified acts of completion will provide a context in which we will expect all parties to work towards the full operation of the political institutions, including "The Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive", and "The North-South structures", at the earliest practicable date,' it said.
KEY POINTS OF STATEMENT
  • All 'IRA' units ordered to dump arms
  • Members ordered to pursue objectives through 'exclusively peaceful means'
  • Arms to be put beyond use as quickly as possible
  • Two church witnesses to verify this
  • Statement followed 'honest and forthright' consultation process
  • Strong support among 'IRA' members for 'Sinn Fein's' peace strategy
  • There is now an alternative way to achieve goal of an United Ireland
  • 'Volunteers must not engage in any other activities whatsoever'
'The Independent Monitoring Commission', which examines paramilitary activity, has also been asked to produce an additional report in 2006-01, three months after their next regular report. During 'The Northern Ireland Troubles', 'The IRA' murdered about 1_800 civilians and members of 'The security forces'. 'The IRA statement' issued on 2005-07-28 Thursday said the end of the armed campaign would take effect from 16:00 BST.
'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 our 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.'
The statement said independent witnesses from 'Roman Christian' and 'Protestant Christian' churches had been invited to see the 'decommissioning process'. It is understood there has already been a meeting between the head of the 'decommissioning' body, General Mr.John de Chastelain, and 'The IRA'. DUP LeaderDUP leader Mr.Ian Paisley greeted the statement with scepticism, saying that 'The IRA' had 'reverted to type' after previous 'historic' statements. he said:
'We will judge "The IRA's" "bona fides" over the next months and years based on its behaviour and activity'.
He said they had also:
'Failed to provide the "transparency" necessary to truly build confidence that the guns have gone in their entirety'.
UUP LeaderUlster Unionist Party's Mr.Reg Empey, told the BBC's 'World at One' it would take time to convince the people of Northern Ireland that this was more than just rhetoric. He said:
'People are so sceptical, having been burnt so many times before'
SDLP leader Mr.Mark Durkan welcomed the statement, saying it was
SDLP Leader'clear, clean and complete', but 'long overdue'.
He called on 'Sinn Fein' to commit to the new policing structures in Northern Ireland, as his party had done. 'Taoiseach' Mr.Bertie Ahern has said he welcomes 'The IRA's' statement that it was ending its 'armed campaign'. Taoisech'The Taoiseach' said the end of 'The IRA' as a paramilitary group is the outcome the governments have been working towards' since the 1994 ceasefire. 'The IRA' pledge was welcomed by the USA Administration as
'An important and potentially historic statement'.
A 'White House' statement said the words must now be followed by actions and acknowledged there would be scepticism, particularly among victims and their families.
'They will want to be certain that this terrorism and criminality are indeed things of the past,' the statement said.
The statement added that it understood from 'The IRA' communique that
'The IRA and its members will no longer have any contact with any foreign paramilitary and terrorist organisations'.
When he made his appeal in 2005-04, The 'Sinn Fein Party' President said it was
'A genuine attempt to drive "The Peace Process" forward'.
'Republicans' had been under intense pressure to end 'IRA' activity after the 26.5_million_GBP 'Northern Bank' raid in 2004-12, and the murder of Belfast man Mr.Robert Mccartney in 2005-01. Political talks last year failed to restore devolution, which stalled amid claims of 'IRA' intelligence gathering at Parliament Buildings, 'Stormont', in 2002. 'The Provisional IRA's' campaign of violence was aimed at forcing an end to the British presence in Northern Ireland, leading to an 'United Ireland'. 'IRA says armed campaign is over ', BBC NEWS, 2005/07/28 20:47:06 GMT

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can only pray that this works and only time will tell if we can have hope for an end to other terrorist activities elsewhere.

7/31/2005 12:09:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suspect that it will take a great many years for the population to get away from the troubles, maybe a couple of generations. Ther's always a chance of it flaring up again if the politics doesnt seem top be working. makes you think there must be something behind it -- is there a deal to get a United Ireland? Could it have something to do with the division of the UK, maybe Scotland will devolve? If the UK ends, what will the protestants have left? Self-rule?

7/31/2005 12:12:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terrorism is here to stay. The IRA probably have decided there is more money in being criminals and gangsters or in being mercenaries than fighting a long battle with civilians. They have 36 years experience and powerful contacts abroad, loads of funds and plenty of troubles worldwide where they can help out. Politics is corrupt, but more acceptable. maybe they see the Russian Mafia activities or the way the US go about things...

7/31/2005 12:15:00 am  

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