29 September 2005 Edition
White House welcomes "historic day"
The US government responded to the latest IRA move through a White House spokepesron who welcomed the IICD statement.
"This announcement marks an historic day for Northern Ireland and is extremely encouraging for all those who support the peace process, the rule of law, and a Northern Ireland free from sectarian violence. It also marks an opportunity for all parties to renew efforts to reach a sustainable political settlement in Northern Ireland."
The spoeksmen said that President Bush commended the efforts of General John de Chastelain and his fellow IICD commissioners, and "applauds the efforts of Sinn Féin in bringing the republican community to this moment".
He said the US now called on others engage with the IICD "to bring about total decommissioning at the earliest possible date".
The White House said the US government remained "steadfast in its support for the peace process and the work of the British and Irish Governments to achieve lasting peace and reconciliation for the people of Northern Ireland under the principles of the Good Friday Agreement".