Stewart Dickson MLA said: “In 2002, Alliance suggested using a ceasefire monitor and we played a key role in the creation of the IMC. The IMC was crucial in cementing the need for an end to violence and their role was extremely important. I want to pay tribute to the organisation for all the excellent work they have done.
“It is vital that this good work in monitoring peace is maintained to ensure that there is the stable future that everyone in Northern Ireland needs.
“The IICD played a very important role through their work in facilitating the decommissioning process and Northern Ireland also owes them a real debt of gratitude for this.”