Below is the text of the Twin Track Initiative, issued by the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach at 10 Downing Street on Tuesday 28th November 1995.
1. The Prime Minister and the Taoiseach met tonight. After intensive efforts by both Governments, and with the benefit of consultations with parties in Northern Ireland, the two Governments have agreed to launch a 'twin track' process to make progress in parallel on the decommissioning issue and on all-
2. Both Governments reaffirmed their commitment to securing the early launch of all-
3. To this end, the two Governments have agreed to invite the parties to intensive preparatory talks with a remit to reach widespread agreement on the basis, participation, structure, format and agenda to bring all parties together for substantive negotiations aimed at a political settlement based on consent. These talks will have an open agenda, allowing any party to raise any relevant matters. These matters could include how best the structure and format of all-
4. In managing the process of preparatory talks, each Government will build on existing exchanges and bilateral contacts, treating each party on an equal basis; they will encourage other formats for meetings with the parties and among the parties, including meetings between the two Governments together and one or more parties, with their agreement, where these might further the objective of the preparatory talks.
5. In parallel, the two Governments have agreed to establish an International Body to provide an independent assessment of the decommissioning issue.
6. Recognising the widely expressed desire to see all arms removed from Irish politics, the two Governments will ask the International Body to report on the arrangements necessary for the removal from the political equation of arms silenced by virtue of the welcome decisions taken last summer and autumn by those organisations that previously supported the use of arms for political purposes.
7. In particular, the two Governments will ask the Body to:
8. It will be for the International Body to determine its own procedures. The two Governments expect it to consult widely, to invite relevant parties to submit their analysis of matters relevant to the decommissioning issue and, in reaching its conclusions within its remit, to consider such evidence on its merits.
9. In establishing the Body, the British and Irish Governments reaffirm their willingness to continue to take responsive measures, advised by their respective security authorities, as the threat reduces.
10. The two Governments have invited Senator George Mitchell to chair the Body, and will invite two other eminent persons to serve as the other members of the Body.
11. The two Governments have asked the Body to submit its report to the two Governments by mid-
12. To that end, and to review progress in preparatory talks for all-