SECRETARY-GENERAL WELCOMES ANNOUNCEMENT BY IRISH REPUBLICAN ARMY THAT IT HAS COMMENCED DISARMAMENT
NEW YORK, 24 October (UN Headquarters) -- Following is the text of a statement issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:
The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) that it has commenced disarmament. This decision is a watershed in the history of Northern Ireland, and also addresses one of the critical challenges of post-conflict peacebuilding –- specifically, control over and the disposal of weapons.
The Secretary-General calls on all parties concerned to seize this unique opportunity to consolidate the Good Friday Agreement further, and on those who had left the process to re-enter Northern Ireland’s devolved government.
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