Alliance calls for paramilitaries to meet Commission

Alliance Party Justice Spokesman, Steve McBride, had called for paramilitary groups to meet directly with the Independent Commission on Decommissioning.

Speaking after a meeting with the Indepenednt Commission at Castle Buildings, Stormont, Cllr McBride said:

“Decommissioning is an imporatant issue. We have to set in motion a process which will make sure that the guns really are silenced forever and which can build confidence in the good faith of those currently holding illegal arms.

“The political parties cannot solve this problem. Those organisations that have weapons have to become directly involved. They – the paramilitary groups – need to be speaking directly to the Commission at the earliest opportunity so that a realistic beginning can be made to a process which is inevitably going to be long and difficult but which must be brought to a successful conclusion.

“The direct engagement of those groups with the Commission will be an important test of their commitment to the process.”

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