RTÉ News: IRA putting commitments on ice


IRA putting commitments on ice
October 29, 2003

The IRA has issued a statement apparently freezing any commitments they have made until after the Assembly election next month.

The statement follows the row over the IRA's third act of decommissioning last Tuesday which was overseen by General de Chastelain's international commission.

Claiming the decommissioning lacked transparency, the Ulster Unionist leader, David Trimble, went on to call a halt to a political deal that had been worked out with Sinn Fein and the two governments.

Today's IRA statement to reporters in Belfast said the leadership of the organisation had honoured their commitments, but others had not fulfilled theirs - and that this was totally unacceptable.

The IRA said until others kept their word, there could be little prospect of progress.

Earlier, British Prime Minister Tony Blair told MPs at Westminster that it is important to continue implementing the Good Friday Agreement in all its aspects.

Answering a Commons question from former SDLP leader, John Hume, during prime minister's question time, Mr Blair said there was no other agreement on offer and that his government hoped to take the agreement forward.

Later, Mr Blair said that his government still had to make sure decommissioning was completed within a reasonable and proper timetable.

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