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IRA's New Year Message puts onus on Blair

The leadership of Óglaigh na hÉireann extends New Year greetings to all our Volunteers, friends and supporters at home and abroad.

We send solidarity to our imprisoned comrades and their families and to the families of our dead Volunteers.

As we enter 2001 we reaffirm our commitment to the achievement of our objectives, and the creation of a national democracy through a united, independent and free Ireland. More than six years have elapsed since our first cessation of all military operations. In the interim we have honoured all commitments given. The search for a durable peace has presented many challenges for Irish republicans.

For our part we have risen to these challenges and helped to move the peace process forward.

In the course of recent times the leadership of Óglaigh na nÉireann has taken a number of unprecedented initiatives to enhance all genuine efforts to realise a just and lasting peace.

The British government has failed to seize the opportunity created by these initiatives.

The leadership of the IRA is committed to a resolution of the issue of arms.

This will not be resolved unless the British Prime Minister takes political responsibility for it.

Signed P. O'Neill, Irish Republican Publicity Bureau, Dublin

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