The Newsletter hasn’t put the Alister interview up on the net yet. But they have some of the interesting highlights:
Adds: Ah, here it is Hat Tip Mark!
Perhaps most notably, he (Alister) says that, if the IRA Army Council is not disbanded (by January, the time of the next IMC report) or the March 26 deadline for restoring government, the deal must be off. He said: “We cannot, for instance, even consider going into government with Sinn Fein in a situation where the IRA Army Council still exists and the IRA military structures are, therefore, still intact. “We cannot countenance government with Sinn Fein in those circumstances. That’s the litmus test. The IRA has to go. There can be no suggestion of government with people at the beck and call of terrorists.”
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