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O'Donnell - hope that todays LVF statement will mark end to all unionist paramilitary violence

29 May, 2004

East Belfast Sinn Féin Councillor Joe O'Donnell has said that he hopes that today's statement from the LVF will mark an end not just to the ongoing loyalist feud but to all unionist paramilitary violence. Cllr. O'Donnell said:

"Obviously if this statement does mark the end of the latest loyalist feud then that is to be welcomed. East Belfast has been on a knife-edge for the past two weeks. However in the past loyalist feuds have ended with attacks on nationalists and Catholics. I hope that this pattern will not be repeated on this occasion.

"Now that this feud is over all of us in political and community leadership in the city need to get back to the job of ensuring a peaceful summer for families living in interface areas. There is no point in ending one type of violent unionist activity to see it replaced by another." ENDS

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