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UDA de-specification will be judged against end of sectarian and racist campaign

12 November, 2004

Sinn Féin policing and justice spokesperson, North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly commenting on news that the British Secretary of State Paul Murphy will announce the de-specification of the UDA has said that while any move will be welcome it will only be judged against the ending of the UDA's sectarian and racist campaign of violence and intimidation.

Mr Kelly said:

"The de-specification of the UDA would be a welcome development if it marked an end to their campaign of sectarian and racist attacks and intimidation.

"The only test that the UDA will be judged against is a genuine end to its campaign of attack and intimidation against the ethnic and nationalist sections of our community." ENDS

Gerry Kelly will be available to speak to the media today at 12 noon at the opening of a new job assist centre at the Upper Springfield Trust at the top of the Whiterock Road along with Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP.

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