IRA break with decommisioning body

The IRA has broken contact with the disarmament body. As Cathal, a reader of the letter, has suggested, this may simply be a case of one suspension in return for another.

Brian Lavery reports in the New York Times:

“A British government spokesman for Northern Ireland said the statement was ‘not entirely surprising’ because the I.R.A. withdrew cooperation from the arms inspectors after the previous suspension. ‘This is nonetheless a matter for regret,’ he added.”

Trimble’s reaction. A snub to Tony Blair is the view from the Daily Telegraph. But the Irish Independent sees it as part of the suspension process.

The IRA statement reprinted in the Herald newspaper.

Update: There is a fairly exhaustive discussion of the statement on this unmoderated board.