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Thursday 21 September 2017

Decommissioning body winds up after 13 years

David Young

THE multinational team given the task of overseeing paramilitary disarmament ended 13 years of work in Northern Ireland yesterday.

The Independent International Commission on Decommissioning (IICD) closed its offices in Belfast on a high note, having secured the destruction of three illegal arsenals on its last day in operation.

Monday's decommissioning announcements from the INLA, the Official IRA and a breakaway faction of the Ulster Defence Association tied up the loose ends facing a body that had already seen the majority of loyalist and republican weapons put beyond use.

While the IICD's operation in Dublin will not be wound up until the end of the month, the mandate given to it by the British and Irish governments in 1997 is effectively at an end.

Led throughout by retired Canadian General John de Chastelain, its work has been arduous and seldom straightforward.

Irish Independent

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