Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Brian Cowen TD
“This morning's statement by the IRA that it has withdrawn its proposal for putting arms beyond use is very disappointing.
“All of us who want to see the Agreement implemented in full have worked very hard to establish a basis on which it can be achieved. In our proposals to the parties, the Governments mapped out a way forward on four issues - policing, demilitarisation, the institutions and decommissioning.
“As was recognised on all sides, in reaching agreement with the International Commission on Decommissioning on a scheme for putting arms beyond use, the IRA made an important contribution towards resolving the fourth issue. It is, therefore, particularly regrettable that they have taken today's step and I strongly urge them to reverse their decision.
“It is the settled democratic will of the people of Ireland, North and South, that the Good Friday Agreement be comprehensively and fully implemented.
“There is an obligation on everyone involved in this process to see that that is achieved in the coming weeks.”Top