The dismantling was also welcomed by Tony Blair, who said in a statement: “This is an important development in the peace process that we have all been waiting for for a long time. After the initial dismantling period – May 2000 – expired, the International Independent Commission for Decommissioning set 30 June 2001. This date has also passed without complete disarmament.   On 23 October 2001, the IRA announced that it had begun dismantling its weapons. This was repeated twice on April 8, 2002 and October 21, 2003. On Thursday, 28 July 2005, the IRA leadership issued a statement formally ordering the end of its armed campaign and ordering all IRA units to launch weapons. On Monday 26 September 2005, the International Independent Commission for Decommissioning (IICD) announced that the IRA had completed the dismantling of all its weapons. Inspectors first had access to one of the weapons dumps in June 2000 and the first decommissioned was introduced in October 2001. This period of dismantling on 22 May 2000 began to unravel when Trimble invoked his manifesto for not being “a weapon, not a government” and refused to form an executive shortly after his election as Prime Minister on 1 July 1988. Sinn Féin regarded Trimble`s refusal as an act of bad faith. They argued that the decommissioning was related to the “implementation of the overall regime” and that, therefore, the IRA was not legally obliged to disarm until that mission was completed. In addition, their democratic mandate justified having two ministers on the executive.
Loyalist paramilitaries said they would consider dismantling if they had evidence of the dismantling of the IRA. “British governments have been working for more than 10 years to secure the final and complete dismantling of the IRA. Non-performance had become a major obstacle to the movement of the peace process. Originally built to allow the IRA to wage guerrilla warfare against British troops in Northern Ireland, they are scattered throughout northern and southern Ireland and, since the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, have been a sensitive point in talks between unionists and nationalist communities. The Unionists refused to believe that Sinn Féin was negotiating in good faith as long as the IRA kept valid weapons in reserve. (1) Participants reiterated their agreement in the procedural motion adopted on 24 September 1997, which stated that “the resolution of the decommissioning issue is an indispensable part of the negotiation process”, and also recall the provisions of paragraph 25 of the first part mentioned above. Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern said the dismantling was a “landmark development.” 2. They note the progress made by the Independent International Commission for Decommissioning and by governments in developing programmes that could provide a practical basis for the decommissioning of illegally held weapons by paramilitary groups.
The bulk part of the agreement stipulates that participants in the multi-party talks reaffirm the “total disarmament of all paramilitary organizations” and engage. They agreed to use “all the influence they can have to secure the dismantling of all paramilitary weapons within two years of the approval of referendums to the north and south of the agreement and as part of the implementation of the global regime.” The concrete timetable agreed for dismantling was 22 May 2000, but it depended on the “implementation of the overall regime”. 3. As a result, all participants reaffirmed their commitment to the complete disarmament of all paramilitary organizations. They also reaffirm their intention to continue to cooperate constructively and in good faith with the Independent Commission and to use their influence to secure the dismantling of all paramilitary weapons within two years of the approval of the Agreement, in the north and south, and as part of the implementation of the comprehensive regime.