Saturday 21 October 2017

Decommissioned arms figures to stay secret

A full breakdown of the amount of arms and explosives decommissioned by republican and loyalist paramilitaries in Northern Ireland will not be made public.

In its final report published yesterday, the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning (IICD) said it had decided that the record of arms put beyond use as part of the process should not be provided to the Irish and British governments "at this time".

The IICD adopted this strategy as it felt that publishing an inventory might discourage other groups that had not yet surrendered arms. It acknowledged that decommissioning was incomplete and there were active paramilitary groups in possession of a variety of guns and explosives. The IICD suggested that newly discovered arms could be handed over to people approved by the paramilitary group and empowered by the respective government to deal with them.

Irish Independent

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