Chronology of Provisional IRA disarmament
The historic statement from the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning due today was nine-and-a-half years in the making.
Ending of IRA's first ceasefire with bombing of London's docklands.
IRA ceasefire restored to foster political progress.
The Independent International Commission on Decommissioning (IICD) established by the British and Irish governments.
Under the terms of the Belfast Agreement, all parties reaffirm their commitment to the "total disarmament" of all paramilitary organisations. The IRA insists it would never decommission.
The IRA commits to sending a representative to meet Gen John de Chastelain, head of the IICD.
The IICD reports that it had discussions with the IRA, UFF and UVF but had received no information from the IRA as to when decommissioning would start.
The IRA withdraws from co- operation with the IICD after Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Mandelson suspends Stormont institutions. David Trimble survives an UUP leadership challenge.
A deal is reached which brings about the restoration of the institutions and the beginning of a process for putting weapons beyond use. The IRA announces it will permit two international inspectors to inspect its arms dumps.
IRA dumps are inspected.
P O'Neill reports that the IRA had met Gen de Chastelain on eight occasions and agreed a scheme for decommissioning.
The IRA agrees a scheme with the IICD to put arms completely and verifiably beyond use. Unionists denounce lack of progress on actual decommissioning. A week later, the IRA withdraws the offer on weapons made to the IICD.
Northern Secretary Dr John Reid initiates another temporary suspension of devolution in the hope of resolving decommissioning issue.
Following the furore over the arrest of the so-called Colombia 3, the IRA announces that an act of decommissioning had taken place "to save the peace process".
The IRA announces it had put a second consignment of weapons "beyond use".
Fuelled by allegations of IRA intelligence-gathering at Stormont, the Assembly is again suspended. The IRA suspends contact with the IICD. Twelve months of stalemate follows.
P O'Neill claims the IRA's relationship with the IICD is back on. A deal which could have resulted in the restoration of the Stormont institutions collapses when Gen de Chastelain says he cannot provide details of a disarmament he had overseen.
Gen de Chastelain indicates to the DUP that the IRA would carry out more credible acts of decommissioning in the event of a political deal.
DUP leader the Rev Ian Paisley demands photographic evidence of decommissioning. The IRA responds that it was never possible that it would be reduced to an act of humiliation. Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and British prime minister Tony Blair meet in midst of deadlock over visual proof. Dr Paisley says he has information the IRA may be about to decommission, but without providing photographic verification.
Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain decides to release Shankill Road bomber Seán Kelly. The IRA declares it is abandoning its 35-year armed campaign and orders all members to dump arms. It asks two clergymen, one Protestant, one Catholic, and Gen de Chastelain to witness the destruction.
An additional member is recruited to the IICD, raising speculation that the IRA is primed to begin dismantling its arsenals.