Decommissioning likely to be a long haul

Paul Colgan anticipates how the mechanics of the IRA decommissioning is likely to run, with bookends statements from John de Chastelain stating when it begins and ends. Additionally, “two clergymen one Protestant and one Catholic will give public statements confirming that they have witnessed decommissioning and that the weapons disposed of match up with the IICD’s declared inventory of IRA weapons”. With the arms dumps in question more fragmented than in previous acts, it looks like it will take some time to complete.

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