Northern Ireland's last pro-British paramilitary group said it will get
rid of its weapons within six months as police announced the discovery
of a huge bomb in the province.
The Ulster Defense Association
announced its plans to an international decommissioning body in what
British and Irish authorities are calling a milestone in Northern
Ireland's peace process.
The association, blamed for the
deaths of 259 people, said in a statement the struggle has ended, and
the need for armed resistance is gone.
groups has long been a goal of the peace process. The Irish Republican
Army, the Catholic separatist group, formally abandoned violence in
Separately, authorities say army experts defused a huge
bomb outside a village, Forkhill, near the province's southern border
They say a wire from the 272
kilogram device led across the border, indicating that a hardline Irish
Republican Army splinter group opposed to British rule in Northern
Ireland had placed the explosives.
The Protestants want Northern
Ireland to remain part of Britain, while Catholics want an end to
British rule and unification with Ireland.
The 1998 Good Friday
peace accord halted three decades of sectarian violence and led to the
creation of a power-sharing government in the British province.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.