July 28, 2005

U.S. calls IRA N. Ireland statement ‘encouraging’

LONDON (Reuters) - The United States said it was encouraged
by the Irish Republican Army's pledge on Thursday to end armed
actions in Northern Ireland and said the words would prove
historic if translated into deeds.

Mitchell Reiss, President Bush's special envoy for Northern
Ireland, told CNN: "The statement is very encouraging, it's
potentially historic, and we need to wait and see over the next
weeks and months if these words can be translated into deeds to
determine if it is truly historic."