2005年 09月 27日
according to Yahoo UK News,
No one can say that all the IRA weapons have been decommissioned, the Rev Ian Paisley said.
Speaking after a meeting with General John de Chastelain and other members of the International Independent Commission on Decommissioning (IICD), he said he had gone in with serious questions and was "shocked about what we learned".
He said the intelligence estimates used to judge whether all the IRA weapons were gone had been revised.
Mr Paisley said: "Even the security forces admit that some Advertisement of the weapons that were in the original lists are now given to other dissident organisations and that is very serious. Part of the weapons that should have been decommissioned have disappeared and the security forces admit they are probably in the hands of dissidents."
Speaking after he and Democratic Unionist Party colleagues spent over an hour with Gen de Chastelain, Mr Paisley said: "The more spotlight is put on this, the more we discover there is a cover-up."
He said even the weapons estimate used had an upper and lower tolerance and the general had refused to disclose whether weapons actually decommissioned met the higher or lower level. He said they "got the greatest surprise of all" when they discovered that improvised weapons were not covered on the intelligence lists.
Mr Paisley said: "These things put a question, a very big question, over what has taken place. When we came to any question which could unravel what needs to be unravelled and could put some light on these things, they refused to give us any answers."
And he said he had been stunned to discover that the Catholic and Methodist churchmen who acted as independent witnesses to decommissioning had been nominated neither by the Government nor the decommissioning body. "They were the IRA's nominated witnesses," he said.
Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain said that if the Independent Monitoring Commission gave the IRA the all-clear in a report next January, talks towards a resumption of devolution should take place.
Mr Paisley made plain he will not be pressured when "they couldn't give a clean bill of health to the IRA".