Time will tell. But an act of decommissioning now would single a different dynamic in the process, with the IRA being seen as taking the lead in the process rather than being pushed into to it by their political opponents. The other crucial question will be how much will General de Chastelain be permitted to reveal of what he witnesses.
Clearly the IRA will want to put limits on what is publicly revealed, but without some form of open verification of quantities, it’s unlikely to pass muster as a ‘confidence building’ exercise for their Unionist opponents.
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