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John Alderdice rules out return of International Monitoring Commission

By Noel McAdam

Former paramilitary watchdog chief John Alderdice has ruled out a recall of the International Monitoring Commission over the murder of Kevin McGuigan.

Lord Alderdice said a newly constituted Commission (IMC) could not give a quick response to the current crisis threatening the future of the Assembly and Executive. The ex-Alliance party leader said significant time would also be required for the Commission to produce its conclusions.

In the past the IMC would adjudicate whether paramilitary groups, including the Provisionals, had breached their ceasefires.

But the Commission, which also included Joe Brosnan, former Secretary General of the Department of Justice in the Republic, and Metropolitan police chief John Grieve, former head of the Metropolitan Police anti-terror branch, was stood down four years ago.

Lord Alderdice, now the Liberal Democrats' spokesman on Northern Ireland, said: "A new or recalled IMC would not be in a position to give a rapid response to the current crisis. Significant tine would be needed to produce a report."

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