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British-Irish Joint Declaration

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in implementing those aspects of the British-Irish Joint Declaration that deal with security normalisation.

Photo of Ian Pearson Ian Pearson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office

The Joint Declaration, which was published by both Governments on 1 May last year, gave a commitment to the complete normalisation of security over a two-year period, in the context of an enabling environment.

The Prime Minister announced in a statement on 1 May 2003 that the Government would on some aspects of normalisation, push on and do what we can. Since then two towers at Cloghoge and Tievecrum were demolished in June and the Chief Constable announced on 11 February that Clooney Army base in Londonderry would be closed and sold and the Army would vacate the joint Police/Army base at Aughnacloy.

Any further steps will only be taken in light of the threat and the Chief Constable's advice.

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