Tenth Annual Report



APPENDIX 2

Reports and other documents approved by the Body

Thirtieth Plenary, Bundoran, 7 and 8 March 2005

The Body agreed to the following Resolutions :

RECENT POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS

That this Body reaffirms its support for the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and for the ongoing efforts of the two Governments to protect and develop its achievements; regrets that in spite of substantial progress it was not possible to reach agreement last December on the two key issues of decommissioning and ending all forms of paramilitary and criminal activity; abhors the brutal murder of Robert McCartney; is greatly disappointed by the damage caused to the peace process by recent attacks and ongoing criminality, including the Northern Bank raid; re-emphasises that all parties to the Agreement undertook to pursue their political objectives by exclusively peaceful and democratic means; recognises that sustainable, inclusive government in Northern Ireland requires a complete cessation of paramilitarism, including all forms of criminal activity; and, in the belief that informal dialogue can play an important part in promoting these objectives, looks forward to the possibility of inviting representatives of the parties elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly as guests to future meetings of the Body.

EUROPEAN FUNDING PROGRAMMES AND DEVELOPIN UNDERSTANDING ACROSS BORDERS

That the Body takes note of the Report of Committee B (European) on   European Funding Programmes and Developing Understanding across Borders [Doc No 102] and the conclusions and recommendations of the report which should be forwarded to   both governments and the devolved administrations for their observations.

PROMOTION OF IRELAND, THE UK, THE DEVOLVED ADMINISTRATIONS, THE CROWN DEPENDENCIES ON THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE

Resolved, That the Body notes the activities of Ireland, the UK, the Crown Dependencies and Ireland in promoting themselves on the international stage.

TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

Resolved, That the Body takes note of the Report from Committee D (Environment and Social) on Truth and Reconciliation [Doc No 103] and of the conclusions and recommendations of the Report which should be forwarded to both governments and the devolved administrations for their observations.

NINTH ANNUAL REPORT

Resolved, That the Body takes note of the Ninth Annual Report of the Body [Doc No 104]

RULES (STEERING COMMITTEE)

Resolved, that the Amendment to Rule 8 (Steering Committee) contained in Document No 105 be made with immediate effect.

SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATIONAL PROVISION IN BRITAIN AND IRELAND WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO AUTISM

Resolved, That the Body takes note of the Report of Committee D (Environment and Social) on Special Needs Educational Provision in Britain and Ireland, with Special Reference to Autism [Doc No 106] and the conclusions and recommendations of the Committee which should be forwarded to both governments and the devolved administrations for their observations.

Thirty-first plenary, Edinburgh, 28 and 29 November 2005

ECONOMIC REGENERATION AND THE POLITICAL PROCESS

Resolved, That the Body, recognising that economic and political progress go hand in hand, welcomes recent developments in Northern Ireland, including the independently verified statement by the IRA that it has decommissioned all its weapons and the indications by loyalist groups that they were prepared to consider a positive response; urges all paramilitary groups to complete the process of decommissioning; notes the particular potential of deeper North/South economic co-operation to deliver real benefits for all the people of Ireland; trusts that the January report of the Independent Monitoring Commission will be favourable to the early restoration of the devolved institutions so that a renewed devolved government may play a central role in linking communities with the political and economic decision-making process; and calls on all appropriate authorities and political parties to work for the social and economic development of all communities in Northern Ireland.

MUTUAL RECOGNITION OF PENALTY POIINTS

Resolved, That the Body notes that it is two years since the submission by Committee A of the Report on the mutual recognition of penalty points and expresses its concern that no action appears to have been taken by the two governments .

THE WORK OF IRISH SOCIETIES

Resolved, That the Body notes the useful work done by the Federation of Irish societies among ex-patriate Irish people.

THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE CO-OPERATION PROGRAMME

That the Body takes note of the 'CO-OPERATION' programme, the successor to INTERREG 111A, which will encourage co-operation between the North of Ireland and South-West Scotland



 
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