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Sir: David Trimble says the Good Friday Agreement obliges the IRA to commence decommissioning prior to the setting up of the Northern Ireland Executive. Gerry Adams' position is that Trimble's statement is false. Obviously, one of them is being "disingenuous".

Letter: Ulster's dilemma

Sir: Donald Macintyre suggests ("Ulster may yet prove the triumph of politics over tribal feelings", 2 April) that if Sir Patrick Mayhew had not put forward his "Washington Three" conditions, decommissioning might never have become the fundamental issue of the Irish peace process. The truth is almost the opposite of that. If decommissioning had not already been a central issue, Sir Patrick would not have put forward those conditions.

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