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IRA expected to hand over weapons this week

06:35 Sunday September 12th 2004

According to a report in today's papers, the IRA will eventually be dismantled as part of a deal to restore the north's power sharing government.

The British and Irish governments are said to be quietly confident that the paramilitary group will put arms out of use before or during next Thursday's peace talks in Leeds Castle

The head of the Independent Commission on Decommissioning, General Jean Dechastelain, is expected to meet with the IRA over the next few days. The group will give a full itinerary of what weapons have been decommissioned to date

The Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and America's envoy to Northern Ireland, Michell Reiss will attend the three-day peace talks.

Sinn Fein and the DUP will also be at the table.

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