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22 January 2004 Edition

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British failing on demilitarisation

It is high time Tony Blair started engaging in some acts of completion of his own before again lecturing republicans on their commitments.

The British government committed themselves to closing Musgrave Barracks by December last year. However, despite removing personnel from the site, the surveillance equipment and spy cameras remain in place and active.

This is not the process of demilitarisation the British government committed themselves to. It is a process of rationalisation and it is not good enough.

Before Tony Blair decides to lecture republicans again on acts of completion, he should consider engaging in a few acts of completion of his own. Demilitarisation is not an optional extra for the British government. It is a central aspect of the Good Friday Agreement and must be delivered upon if the peace process is to be bedded down and developed.

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