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IMC ceasefires watchdog hands over its final report

A watchdog set up to monitor paramilitary ceasefires in Northern Ireland has presented its final report to the British and Irish governments.

The Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC), which was set up seven years ago by the two governments, will officially wind up its activities at the end of the month.

Its last report to the London and Dublin administrations is an overview of its work and an assessment on any lessons that can be learned. It will be published after the governments |examine the findings.

An IMC spokesman said: “The report documents changes, impact and lessons during the period from January 2004 to March 2011.”

A Northern Ireland Office spokesman said: “We welcome this report and we will issue a statement of response once |we have fully considered the |detailed conclusions.”

The four members of the IMC are former Northern Ireland |Assembly speaker Lord (John) Alderdice, veteran Irish civil servant Joe Brosnan, former deputy assistant commissioner in the Metropolitan Police John Grieve and ex-CIA deputy |director Dick Kerr. The decision to axe the body late last year came despite the ongoing |threat from dissident republican organisations.

At the time, Lord Alderdice said the bedding down of the peace process and the devolution of policing and justice |powers from Westminster to Stormont had paved the way for the demise of the commission.

Mr Kerr, who is still active on the international stage despite being in his mid-70s, said the commissioners had held more than 100 formal meetings as part of their activities.

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