The IRA last night faced unprecedented demands to disband after Tony Blair warned the republican leadership that the Northern Ireland peace process could not work unless the threat of violence was lifted for good.
With the power-sharing ex-ecutive in Belfast suspended and Good Friday Agreement in crisis, the Prime Minister called on the Provisionals to empty their arms dumps and go out of business.
In an impassioned plea to the republican leadership, Mr Blair said it was crunch time for the movement. There was no parallel track left and the fork in the road had come.
He declared: "We cannot carry on with the IRA half in, half out of this process. Not just because it isn't right anymore. It won't work anymore.