HC Deb 06 November 2001 vol 374 cc196-7W
Rev. Martin Smyth

To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the necessity of a visible demonstration that the conflict is over in Northern Ireland.[12674]

The Prime Minister:

Securing an end to politically motivated violence and the stable operation of democratically based institutions of Government commanding cross-community support will provide the most visible demonstration that Northern Ireland has put the past behind it. Decommissioning, verified by the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning, is a key part of achieving that goal.

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