Conflict (Northern Ireland)

Prime Minister written question – answered on 6th November 2001.

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Photo of Martin Smyth Martin Smyth UUP, Belfast South

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.

Photo of Tony Blair Tony Blair 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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