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Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Gerry Adams calls for IRA to disband
Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Fein, has released a statement to the IRA, praising members/ancestors for their role to date in the "struggle" for "freedom" in Ireland, but saying that the struggle should now be taken up by other avenues.
Not sure what will come of this, but his attempt to praise the group's history while calling for it to disband is likely to be controversial on both sides.
Here are some excerpts:
For over thirty years the IRA showed that the British government could not rule Ireland on its own terms... Your determination, selflessness and courage have brought the freedom struggle towards its fulfillment.... That struggle can now be taken forward by other means.
In the past I have defended the right of the IRA to engage in armed struggle. I did so because there was no alternative for those who would not bend the knee, or turn a blind eye to oppression, or for those who wanted a national republic. Now there is an alternative. I have clearly set out my view of what that alternative is. The way forward is by building political support for republican and democratic objectives across Ireland and by winning support for these goals internationally.