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IRA poised for historic statement

The IRA is due to issue a groundbreaking statement on its future later today.
Prime Minister Tony Blair and Irish taoiseach Bertie Ahern believe the Provisionals may endorse Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams' call in April for the organisation to abandon its armed campaign and pursue its goals purely through democratic means.

But officials also believe the statement will be accompanied by a significant act of IRA arms decommissioning.