L’INLA CONFERMA LO SMANTELLAMENTO DEGLI ARSENALI
Il gruppo paramilitare ha posto fine definitivamente alla propria campagna di violenza in Irlanda del Nord
L’Irish National Liberation Army ha confermato attraverso l’Independent International Commission on Decommissioning (IICD) di aver totalmente distrutto i propri arsenali illegali di armi.
L’INLA ha lasciato sulla sua strada più di 100 vittime.
L’annuncio dell’avvenuto smantellamento era stato anticipato lo scorso week end e coincide con il termine ultimo fissato per la consegna delle armi illegali senza per questo dover incorrere in sanzioni penali.
Gordon Brown, primo ministro inglese, ha approfittato dell’annuncio odierno per complimentarsi con l’operato del Independent International Commission on Decomissioning, il cui mandato terminerà martedi’, sostenendo che lo smantellamento degli arsenali “un elemento centrale del processo di movimento dell’Irlanda del Nord dalla violenza alla pace”.
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INLA confirms weapons decommissioning (U TV)
A republican paramilitary group which killed more than 100 people during the troubles has announced that it has decommissioned its weapons.
The INLA confirmed it has disposed of its illegal arsenal in recent weeks through the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning (IICD).
The splinter group was responsible for some of the most infamous attacks of the Troubles, including the killing of Conservative MP Airey Neave in 1979.
Four months ago the INLA used a graveside oration outside Dublin to confirm its “armed struggle is over” and vowed to end its 35-year campaign of violence in Northern Ireland.
There was confusion, however, regarding whether or not the group was prepared to decommission its illegal arsenal of weapons, after the statement read to supporters failed to promise a disposal of arms.
The INLA’s announcement came just days after a historic deal was brokered that will see republicans and unionists share responsibility for running Northern Ireland’s justice system.
It coincides with the end of legislation that allows armed groups to dispose of their weaponry without fear of prosecution.
Once the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning (IICD) ceases to exist, any paramilitaries found in possession of weapons face prosecution and imprisonment.
Recovered arms will also be forensically tested to secure convictions.
The loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force decommissioned last year, while the loyalist UDA put its weapons beyond use last month. The IRA was witnessed destroying its cache almost five years ago.
The INLA was formed in 1974 and was known as a brutally violent organisation that also engaged in bitter internal feuds.
In 1979 it claimed the life of Conservative shadow secretary for Northern Ireland Airey Neave, a close associate of Margaret Thatcher, who was killed when a boobytrap bomb exploded beneath his car at the House of Commons.