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9 December 1999 Edition

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IRA rep meets De Chastelain

In a statement released at 12 noon on Sunday, 5 December, the IRA said that a meeting was held between an IRA representative and General John De Chastelain.

The IRA statement said:

``The IRA leadership confirm that a meeting between an appointed representative has taken place.

``In line with our commitment of 17 November to appoint a representative to enter into discussions with John De Chastelain and the IICD it is anticipated that further discussions will take place''.

The statement was broadly welcomed. The Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, said that he ``hoped the matter would now be dealt with separately from politics''.
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