Press Releases

    SG/SM/8005
    24 October 2001

    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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