John de Chastelain was the head of the International Independent Commission for Decommissioning, which was responsible for decommissioning loyalist and republican paramilitary weapons in the years following the agreement. 9. All parties to the Good Friday Agreement pledged to “cooperate constructively and in good faith with the Independent Commission and to use all the influence they may have to secure the dismantling of all paramilitary weapons within two years of the approval of the agreement to the north and south of the agreement and within the framework of the overall regime.” The parties assured the Commission that they were responding to this request and the Commission has no basis to challenge these allegations. “It wouldn`t be good to gild the lilies and say that Sinn Fein are funny nice guys,” the source said. “Gen de Chastelain has a silver ball. If he thinks he`s a politically correct insult to Republicans, he`ll end up shooting him in his own foot. Gen de Chastelain`s report on his interviews will assess whether Republicans and Loyalists are committed to it. It should be followed by a section of its report that specifies a decommissioning schedule up to the date set out in the Good Friday Agreement, May 2000. “The continuation of the violence did not surprise me, but I would have thought that these problems would have remained so long after the agreement – 21 years.” “. . .
We believe that all participants acting in good faith may be able to convince those who have the weapons to decommission them under the Agreement. We agree that this should be done in the manner defined by the Independent Commission for Decommissioning under the Good Friday Agreement. . 8. The Commission has also held numerous meetings with all political parties in Northern Ireland to provide advice on how best to fulfil its mandate. These meetings were informative and informative. Recalling the continuation of the ceasefires, the creation of the Assembly, the agreement on the structure of a new government in Northern Ireland and the opening of a direct dialogue between unionists and republicans, several parties called on the Commission to note that progress was being made in a wider political context. However, this is not within the Commission`s jurisdiction. “My great regret is that more than 20 years after the agreement came into force, there are still those who are trying to use violence to change what has been achieved, especially when a whole new generation of people who were not alive during the riots are now voting,” he said. A positive assessment could pave the way for Unionists for the first time in Ireland`s history with republicans in government, while a gloomy assessment could sound the decline of the Good Friday agreement. His report, which will be sent to Northern Ireland`s political parties tonight, will be crucial in determining whether Sinn Fein and the Ulster Unionists reach an agreement on the province`s new executive power on power-sharing by tomorrow. Do you agree that all paramilitary weapons under the Good Friday Agreement should be decommissioned by May 22, 2000? 21. Although the Commission is prepared to set a detailed timetable for the dismantling of weapons by the main paramilitary groups, it believes that the best way to achieve this is to talk to the groups, the various points of contact.
Once such a timetable has been established, paramilitary groups should comply with it to ensure completion by 22 May 2000, and the Commission will report to both governments on progress. The Commission believes that the precise modalities, timing and start of effective dismantling should be agreed as soon as possible with paramilitary groups.