IRA withdraws disarmament cooperation

02/02/2005 - 22:10:10

The IRA tonight withdrew future cooperation on disarmament as the Northern peace process hit a new crisis.

The Provisionals said the scheme to put all its weapons completely and verifiably beyond use was no longer on the table, claiming the Irish and British governments had withdrawn their commitments and obligations.

The IRA has carried out three acts of decommissioning.

But in a statement tonight it denied it was an obstacle to a lasting and durable settlement over allegations of criminal activity.

A statement said: “We do not intend to remain quiescent within this unacceptable and unstable situation.

“It has tried our patience to the limit.”

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