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Ulster's paramilitary watchdog to be put to sleep

Ulster's paramilitary watchdog to be put to sleep

Britain and Ireland have announced that their expert panel monitoring Northern Ireland's rival paramilitary groups will be shut down because the British territory has forged a stable Catholic-Protestant government.
The Independent Monitoring Commission has provided reports since 2004 analyzing the violence of Irish Republican Army factions and their enemies in anti-Catholic gangs. The panel includes a former CIA chief and a former director of Scotland Yard's anti-terrorist unit.
Britain and Ireland published the commission's latest report Thursday and announced the work is finished now. Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson said he has asked the experts to produce a final report on "lessons learned," then their offices in Dublin and Belfast will be closed.