They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Paisley rejects IRA decommissioning - it's a 'cover-up'

irishrepublicannews: Unionist leader Ian Paisley claimed today [tuesday] there had been a "cover-up" in relation to the announced disarmament of the Provisional IRA and said his party would not be entering into government with Sinn Fein.

Speaking after an hour-long meeting with General John de Chastelain and other members of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning (IICD), Mr Paisley said many weapons had fallen into the hands of dissident republican groups.

"Even the security forces admit that some of the weapons that were in the original lists are now given to other dissident organisations, and that is very serious.

"Part of the weapons that should have been decommissioned have disappeared and the security forces admit they are probably in the hands of dissidents.

"The more spotlight is put on this, the more we discover there is a cover-up," Mr Paisley said.

Gen de Chastelain said yesterday the IRA's arsenal of weapons,explosives and ammunition has been put beyond use in a massive decommissioning operation that lasted several days.

The Irish and British governments welcomed what they called a landmark development, and Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said the IRA's unprecedented decommissioning was total.

But Dr Paisley said his party members "got the greatest surprise of all" during today's meeting when they discovered that improvised weapons were not covered on the intelligence lists.

Mr Paisley said: "These things put a question, a very big question, over what has taken place.

"When we came to any question which could unravel what needs to be unraveled and could put some light on these things, they refused to give us any answers."

On the the Catholic and Methodist churchmen, who acted as independent witnesses to decommissioning, Mr Paisley said: "They were the IRA's nominated witnesses.

"The gun is not out of Irish politics," Dr Paisley said, as he made clear his party would not form a government with Sinn Fein.

Asked whether he could see himself in government with Sinn Fein, he said: "We will not be doing it." He said he represented the people and it would be the people who decided whether republicans would be in government.

see: IRA to Disarm

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db: What use is peace to Dr Paisley? We have listened to his unholy rants for years - he is fond of accusing others of having 'blood on their hands' . And Dr Paisley's hands?