IRA Statement in Response to the 'Heads of Agreement' Document, 21 January 1998
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Statement issued by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in response to the 'Heads of Agreement' Document, 21 January 1998
"The leadership of Óglaigh na
hÉireann do not regard the "propositions on Heads
of Agreement" document as a basis for a lasting peace settlement.
It is a pro-unionist document and has
created a crisis in the peace process.
We have pointed out repeatedly in the
past that meaningful negotiations are crucial to the resolution
of the conflict.
We have affirmed our willingness to
facilitate such negotiations. We have matched this commitment
with deeds in announcing and maintaining a cessation of military
operations since July 20th last year.
The British government have, as yet,
refused to face up to their responsibilities in this regard. They
have continued with the remilitarisation policy of their predecessors
in government. They have stalled on the implementation of any
serious or meaningful confidence building measures.
Most significantly of all, in attempting
to impose the "Heads of Agreement" document on the talks
process, yet another British prime minister has succumbed to the
This was against a background of the
Unionist leadership refusing to meaningfully engage in the talks
process and the continuing assassinations by loyalist death squads.
Instead of facing up to this pressure
the British government has again yielded to it.
The responsibility for undoing the damage done to the prospects for a just and lasting peace settlement rests squarely with the British government."
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