The Northern Ireland peace process and the impact of decommissioning

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Show simple item record De Chastelain, John 2010-07-29T11:29:39Z 2010-07-29T11:29:39Z The author, 2001 en 2001
dc.identifier.issn 1649-0304
dc.description Paper presented to the IBIS conference “From political violence to negotiated settlement: the winding path to peace in twentieth century Ireland”, University College Dublin, 23 March 2001. en
dc.description.abstract This paper examines the impact that the decommissioning of paramilitary arms has had, and continues to have, on the Northern Ireland peace process. It selects the beginning of the paramilitary group ceasefires in 1994 as the beginning of that pro-cess, and examines how decommissioning has affected progress in it up to the present date. It looks at the involvement of the Independent Body, the International Chairmen and the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning throughout the whole period. It notes why the unionist community seeks the decommissioning of paramilitary arms as fundamental to democratic government, and why unionists regard it as the principal issue currently preventing the full implemen-tation of the Good Friday or Belfast Agreement. It looks at why the nationalist and republican community regards as equally or more important the installation of a police force attractive to all elements of the community, and the removal of those miltary structures and installations which are offensive to nationalist feelings and deemed unnecessary while the guns of the main paramilitary groups remain silent. The paper assesses that a satisfactory conclusion to decommissioning, and to the issues of policing and demilitarisation, are fundamental to the future of an inclusive government with devolved powers in Northern Ireland, with all that that implies for an end to violence and for participatory relations North and South and East and West. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies en
dc.relation.ispartofseries IBIS Working Papers en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 8 en
dc.subject Decomissioning en
dc.subject Peace process en
dc.subject Northern Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Disarmament--Northern Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Paramilitary forces--Northern Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Peace-building--Northern Ireland en
dc.title The Northern Ireland peace process and the impact of decommissioning en
dc.type Working Paper en
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dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.neeo.contributor De Chastelain|John|aut| en
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