1. The Participants recall their agreement in the request for procedure adopted on 24 September 1997 that “the resolution of the issue of decommissioning is an indispensable element of the negotiation process”, and also recall the provisions of paragraph 25 of Action Section 1. 4. The agreement included three areas: a new northern Ireland assembly and executive on a power-sharing basis, as well as two groups of cross-border institutions. 3. All participants therefore reaffirm their commitment to the total disarmament of all paramilitary organisations. They also reaffirm their intention to continue to cooperate constructively and in good faith with the Independent Commission and to use any possible influence to achieve the dismantling of all paramilitary weapons within two years of the approval of the referendums north and south of the agreement and in the context of the implementation of the comprehensive regime. In addition, the UK government has committed to creating a new Legal Commission for Equality between Women and Men, which will replace the Fair Employment Commission, the Equal Opportunities Commission (NI), the Racial Equality Commission (NI) and the Disability Council. The establishment of the Equal Opportunities Commission was provided for in the Northern Ireland Act (1998). The Commission was finally established on 1 March 19992 “The Good Friday Agreement: Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission”, BBC News, May 2006, accessed 21 January 2013, www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/agreement/equality/hr2.shtm. was commissioned on 1 September 1999.3″The Good Friday Agreement: Equality Commission for Northern Ireland”, BBC News, May 2006, accessed 21 January 2013, www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/agreement/equality/equality. The British Army suspended its operation in Northern Ireland from 1 August 2007, ending a 38-year presence in Northern Ireland. This measure reduced the size of British troops to 5,000, which was compatible with a normal peaceful society, as proposed in the peace agreement.1 The Independent Monitoring Commission also confirmed the reduction of British troops in Northern Ireland.2 Both positions are “freely exercised and legitimate”.