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IRA releases second statement - weapons put beyond use

21 October, 2003

The North's peace process has gathered fresh momentum with the IRA confirming a new move over weapons. In a second statement today, the IRA leadership confirmed that more weapons had been put beyond use.

The one-paragraph statement, which has been carried on several television statements, said: "The leadership of Oglaigh na hEireann (the IRA) can confirm that a further act of putting arms beyond use has taken place under the agreed scheme. Signed, P O`Neill."

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