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IRA Withdraws Offer to Disarm


The Irish Republican Army has withdrawn its conditional offer to disarm in Northern Ireland.

The IRA move comes amid continuing tension over its alleged involvement in a $50 million robbery of a Belfast bank in December.

Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern earlier told the Irish parliament the IRA's political wing, Sinn Fein, knew that IRA members were planning crimes, including the December robbery.

He said he had obtained this information during a meeting Tuesday in London with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and police officials.

Sinn Fein and the Irish Republican Army have repeatedly denied any involvement in the heist.

The IRA says it remains committed to peace in Northern Ireland.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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