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IRA Willing to Disarm, Says Sinn Fein Leader Adams

The Irish Republican Army would be willing to disarm fully as part of a final peace deal in Northern Ireland, the leader of the guerrilla group’s political ally Sinn Fein said on Sunday. The peace process in the British-ruled province has been deadlocked since London and Dublin rejected a private offer delivered to them by the IRA as too vague, and challenged the group unambiguously to commit to renouncing violence for good. But in a speech in Belfast, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said the IRA had given the two governments a clear statement of its commitment to peace and stood ready to resume disarming if there was a positive response to its offer. “It (the statement) contains a number of highly significant and positive elements unparalleled in any previous statement by the IRA leadership,” he said. Speaking to supporters and journalists at Stormont, the seat of the suspended Northern Ireland assembly, Adams said the IRA statement had laid out its willingness to disarm. Full Story

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