Irish National Liberation Army renounces violence in N. Ireland
www.chinaview.cn 2009-10-12 00:40:06   Print

    LONDON, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) on Sunday announced an end to violence in Northern Ireland, Britain's Sky News reported.

    The Irish Republican Army (IRA) splinter group, responsible for some of the most notorious killings of the Northern Ireland conflict, made the announcement during its annual parade in honor of their movement's founder, Seamus Costello, near Dublin to confirm that its "armed struggle is over."

    But there was uncertainty over whether the group was prepared to decommission its illegal arsenal of weapons.

    Martin McMonagle, a representative of the INLA-linked Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP) said: "The Republican Socialist Movement has been informed by the INLA that following a process of serious debate, consultation and analysis, it has concluded that the armed struggle is over.

    "The objective of a 32-county socialist republic will be best achieved exclusively through political, peaceful means," McMonagle was quoted by the Sky News as saying.

    Fightings between pro-British and Irish nationalist groups reportedly killed 3,600 people before a 1998 peace deal that was followed by pledges by the main militant organizations on both sides, including the IRA, to disarm.

    However, sporadic violence still occurred and the killings of two British soldiers and a policeman in March this year by Republican splinter groups opposed to the peace process threatened to destabilize Northern Ireland.

    The paramilitary INLA group has been on ceasefire for 11 years and is now expected to decommission its weapons within months.

    Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to hold talks in Dublin on Sunday and in Belfast on Monday on developments in Northern Ireland.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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