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Experts to report on IRA, other outlawed groups in bid to bolster Northern Ireland government

  • Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams, right, speaks to the media during a press conference at Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. The five main political parties met Monday with party-talks being aimed at resolving the current crisis threatening the power sharing institutions. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

    Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams, right, speaks to the media during a press conference at Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. The five main political parties met Monday with party-talks being aimed at resolving the current crisis threatening the power sharing institutions. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)  (The Associated Press)

  • Democratic Unionist Party leader Peter Robinson pauses during a press conference at Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. The five main political parties met Monday with party-talks being aimed at resolving the current crisis threatening the power sharing institutions. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

    Democratic Unionist Party leader Peter Robinson pauses during a press conference at Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. The five main political parties met Monday with party-talks being aimed at resolving the current crisis threatening the power sharing institutions. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)  (The Associated Press)

  • Democratic Unionist Party leader and Northern First Minister Peter Robinson, centre, walks with party members Nigel Dodds, left, and Arlene Foster, right as they arrive to hold a press conference at Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. The five main political parties met Monday with party-talks being aimed at resolving the current crisis threatening the power sharing institutions. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

    Democratic Unionist Party leader and Northern First Minister Peter Robinson, centre, walks with party members Nigel Dodds, left, and Arlene Foster, right as they arrive to hold a press conference at Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. The five main political parties met Monday with party-talks being aimed at resolving the current crisis threatening the power sharing institutions. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)  (The Associated Press)

Britain says a new expert panel will report on the activities of the Irish Republican Army and other outlawed paramilitary groups as part of efforts to heal the rift in Northern Ireland's unity government.

The Cabinet minister responsible for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers, unveiled the panel Tuesday as multi-party negotiations sought to sustain the British territory's 8-year-old coalition of British Protestants and Irish Catholics.

The IRA in 2005 declared it had renounced violence and disarmed in support of power-sharing. Protestant leaders are threatening to end cooperation with the IRA-linked Sinn Fein party because of police assessments that IRA members killed a former Belfast comrade last month.

Villiers said the three-member panel would produce their report by mid-October detailing "the structure, role and purpose" of the IRA and other paramilitary groups.