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Unionists demands proof of decommissioning

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Pro-British Unionists are unhappy there has been no photographic evidence of the IRA’s weapons decommissioning.

Ian Paisley, who leads the hardline Democratic Unionist Party, is unconvinced that the IRA has, in fact, destroyed all its weapons. He said: “the dismantling of arms must be transparent, verifiable and satisfactory to everyone. But there have been no photos, no details, no inventory. To say that this was transaparent would be the falsehood of the century.” The British prime minister, Tony Blair, said the completion of decommissioining was an important step in the transition to peace. The president of the IRA’s political ally Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams, admitted the announcement would be difficult for many Republicans but described it as a brave and bold leap.