Hopefully, this statement means we're finally nearing the end of this very long process to take guns and criminality out of politics in Northern Ireland once and for all.
If the IRA's words are borne out by verified actions, it will be a momentous and historic development.
This may be the day when finally after all the false dawns and dashed hope, peace replaced war, politics replaces terror on the island of Ireland... This is a step of unparalleled magnitude in the recent history of Northern Ireland.
Today's decision by the IRA to move into a new peaceful mode is historic and represents a courageous and confident initiative. It is truly momentous and is a defining point in the search for a lasting peace with justice.
We understand that many, especially victims and their families, will be skeptical... They will want to be certain that this terrorism and criminality are indeed things of the past.