I would have thought that any decommissioning would take place today or may have already taken place!!!!stretchneil said:Load of crap.bombpetrol said:He will be left waiting, the thing about total decommissioning is that it can only happen the once. If the good General says that it was total and met all the criteria and this is verified by the two Reps then Gig Ian is up s*** creek in my opinion, the Irish and Brits will surely have to believe the IICD. And I would imagine there is no time for the Irish government to persuade the IRA to allow photographs as I would expect a statement from the DeChastelain pretty soon.stretchneil said:Not yet, but it's a big step in that direction. I'll be much more excited when SF get involved with policing.
Incidentally, for those waiting to hear what Ian Paisley has to say, apparently he has stated that he's still waiting until he sees the photographs (no surprise there then!)
This clearly gives them the option to provide photographs.The IRA leadership has also authorised our representative to engage with the IICD to complete the process to verifiably put its arms beyond use in a way which will further enhance public confidence and to conclude this as quickly as possible.
The reason I think this moment is important is not that I believe the IRA to be dead, it's that I think they're making an extremely important gesture, both to the people of Ireland (North and South), and also to the Unionists in Northern Ireland. I see no reason not to follow through with that gesture to the fullest extent possible.