THE following is a statement issued by the two governments:
1 In recent weeks the two governments have taken stock of progress in implementing the Good Friday Agreement.
2 Much progress has already been made but there has been disagreement over how and when implementation of remaining aspects of the Agreement should be achieved.
3 The governments now believe that the remaining steps necessary to secure full implementation of the agreement can be achieved by June 2001, and commit themselves to that goal. They have drawn up and are communicating to the parties, an account of these steps.
4 Subject to a positive response to this statement the British Government will bring forward the necessary order to enable the Assembly to be restored by 22 May 2000.
5 With confidence that there are clear proposals for implementing all other aspects of the Agreement, the governments believe that paramilitary organisations must now, for their part, urgently state clearly that they will put their arms completely and verifiably beyond use. Such statements would constitute a clear reduction in the threat. In response, the British Government would, subject to its assessment of the level of threat at the time, on which it will continue to consult regularly with the Irish Government, take further substantial normalisation measures by June 2001. …