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Asked if there was any kind of reaction to the Independent Monitoring Commission report (IMC), the PMOS said that what the IMC showed was that most of the signals and signs were positive. What that meant was a very significant change in terms of IRA activity. Just as it would be unreasonable for us to say that everything was perfect, so it was unreasonable for people to say that something significant had not occurred in relation to the IRA. People should read the report, and people should judge for themselves.

The PMOS said that what we were not saying today was that we believed that the Executive should be set up tomorrow. What we did believe was that the dynamic was very firmly in the right direction. There were issues in relation to organised crime and intelligence gathering, not to attack people, but rather for political means, which had to be addressed. The analogy which the IMC used was of a supertanker which was taking time to complete its turn, and in doing so, leaving turbulence in its wake, but it was turning.

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