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IRA releases groundbreaking statement

21 October, 2003

The IRA has released a groundbreaking statement welcoming the speech made by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams this morning, saying it accurately reflects their position. The statement, as printed by BBC, is as follows.

IRA statement in full

The leadership of the IRA welcomes today's speech by Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams in which he accurately reflects our position.

He also referred to the issue of weapons.

The IRA leadership is committed to resolving this issue.

In line with our stated position, we have authorised our representative to meet with the IICD with a view to proceeding with the implementation of a process to put arms beyond use at the earliest opportunity.

We have also authorised a further act of putting arms beyond use.

This will be verified under the agreed scheme.

Signed P O'Neill

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