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Irish Government need to tell UDA to end campaign

26 January, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly member for North Belfast Gerry Kelly this afternoon responded to the meeting between the UPRG and the Irish government. Speaking at a protest held by nationalist residents in the Ligionel area, who have suffered as a result of attacks by unionist paramilitaries and the UDA in particular, Mr Kelly said that 'the Irish government needed to make it clear to the UPRG that the UDA campaign against catholics had to end'.

"There are two core issues here. The first is the ongoing UDA campaign which is felt particularly in areas like this and the second is the response to it by the British state.

"There is a tolerance by the British government of the UDA campaign. Remember the organisation was only banned in 1992 and the response by the British State to its latest wave of violence has been predictably muted.

"Sinn Féin have a clear position that dialogue is the mechanism to solve political problems. That is what happened on interfaces in Belfast over the summer months and it is what contributed to a relatively quiet summer. The Irish government need to use today's meeting with the UPRG to tell them that the ongoing UDA campaign against catholics has to end." ENDS

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