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IRA to Let Church View Disarmament Moves

The Irish Republican Army has agreed to let two Catholic and Protestant church officials witness the outlawed group’s next act of disarmament and describe it afterward, officials in the British and Irish governments indicated Tuesday. Officials in both governments, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the IRA was offering the move as a way to inspire greater public confidence in the group’s handover of weapons to disarmament officials. Previous disarmament moves have been shrouded in total secrecy. Both governments plan to present Northern Ireland parties Wednesday with joint plans for driving forward the Good Friday peace accord of 1998. In the document, officials said, are details on the IRA’s proposed next peace moves, principally on disarmament.Full Story

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