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IRA defies call to lay down guns

Londonderry (Northern Ireland), Oct. 19 (Reuters): The IRA defied Britain today, rejecting as unreasonable demands that it lay down its guns as a prerequisite for reviving Northern Ireland’s stalled peace process.

The comments by a “senior source” in the guerrilla group, in a briefing to selected journalists, was a response to calls from British Prime Minister Tony Blair and main Northern Irish Protestant leader David Trimble for the IRA to abandon violence for good.

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