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The Agreement committed all participants to the total disarmament of all paramilitary organisations and in September 1997 the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning (IICD), the body established to report on acts of decommissioning, came into existence.
Initially, the Government hoped that decommissioning of all paramilitary arms would be completed within two years of the Referendum supporting the Agreement in May 1998.
In September 2005, the IICD reported that the IRA had met its commitment to put all its arms beyond use in a manner called for by the legislation. It's latest report in February 2006 reaffirmed this assessment.
The previous decommissioning event was in October 2003 when the IICD witnessed a third act of IRA decommissioning, which saw arms of light, medium and heavy ordnance and associated munitions put beyond use in accordance with the Governments' Scheme and Regulations.
The October act of decommissioning followed two earlier acts of IRA decommissioning. In October 2001 the IICD reported that it had witnessed an event, which it regarded as significant, in which a quantity of arms had been put beyond use. In 2002 the IICD reported that it had witnessed an event in which the IRA leadership had put a varied and substantial quantity of ammunition, arms and explosive material beyond use.
The first act of decommissioning under the scheme was witnessed by the IICD in December 1998, when it reported that the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) had decommissioned a quantity of arms. The IICD continues to address the issue of arms of loyalist paramilitary groups.
In accordance with the Government's Scheme and Regulations, the IICD has made an inventory of the arms concerned and will present it to the two governments when the task is complete.