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Sinn Féin comments on Loyalist Decommissioning

27 June, 2009 - by Gerry Kelly


Sinn Féin north Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly this afternoon said he ‘welcomed’ the statement from both the UVF and Red Hand Commando, that they had decommissioned all of their weapons.

Mr Kelly said;

“Firstly I want to welcome this statement from both the UVF and Red Hand Commando. If this announcement is verified by the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning then it is a substantial move forward.

I also welcome the statement from the UDA saying that they have begun the process of decommissioning; however people will want to know when the process of full decommissioning will be completed.

The IRA dealt with the issue of arms four years ago and today’s announcement, if verified, clearly moves the whole process forward. It would mean a substantial amount of guns off our streets and nationalists communities would rest much easier as a result of that.

It is a further indication that politics is working and that the peace process is very strongly embedded.” CRÍOCH

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