[Marxism] IRA statement

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Thu Dec 9 09:31:45 MST 2004

Full text can be found in today's London Guardian

IRA statement 

The following is the text of a communique from the IRA issued today in 
response to unionist insistence that it should allow it disarmament process to be 

Thursday December 9, 2004 

More than ten years ago, an IRA cessation publicly heralded the onset of the 
Irish peace process. 
Since then, the IRA has, time and again, demonstrated its commitment to 
sustaining and developing that process through a series of very significant and 
substantive initiatives. 
In the context of the work to conclude a comprehensive agreement, the 
leadership of Oglaigh na hEireann decided: 
· to support a comprehensive agreement by moving into a new mode which 
reflects our determination to see the transition to totally peaceful society; 
· all IRA Volunteers be given specific instructions not to engage in any 
activity which might thereby endanger that new agreement; · the IRA leadership 
also decided that we will, in this context, conclude the process to completely 
and verifiably put all our arms beyond use; 
· we instructed our representative to agree with the IICD (Independent 
International Commission on Decommissioning) the completion of this process, 
speedily, and if possible by the end of December; 
· to further enhance public confidence we agreed to the presence of two 
clergymen as observers during this process. 
The IRA leadership decided to contribute in this way to a comprehensive 
agreement to resolve all outstanding issues, including those of concern within 
For his part, Ian Paisley demanded that our contribution be photographed, and 
reduced to an act of humiliation. 
This was never possible. Knowing this, he made this demand publicly as the 
excuse for his rejection of an overall agreement to create a political context 
with the potential to remove the causes of conflict. 
As the IRA leadership has said before, this is a context in which Irish 
republicans and unionists can, as equals, pursue our respective political 
objectives peacefully. 
We restate our commitment to the peace process. But we will not submit to a 
process of humiliation. 
We commend our Volunteers and the wider republican base for their patience 
and discipline in these testing times. Our commitment, like theirs, to our 
republican objectives is undiminished. 


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