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What exactly are DUP and UUP doing to end unionist paramilitary campaign?

15 August, 2005

Commenting on the shooting dead of another loyalist this morning in Sandy Row as part of the ongoing feud South Belfast Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey said:

" This morning's killing is the latest in the current UVF/LVF feud which has gripped certain parts of the city over recent weeks. The ongoing feud has masked from public view ongoing sectarian attacks being carried out by all of the unionist paramilitary gangs across areas of the six counties.

" Given the fact that unionist politicians have for decades tolerated and in some instances encouraged the sectarian anti-catholic campaigns of the various unionist paramilitaries it is not credible to suggest that they are powerless to act in the face of this latest feud.

" Both the DUP and UUP sit on various forums and commissions with the leaderships of the UDA and UVF. They are quite happy to do this while at the same time ignoring the democratic mandate of others. However given their unique position of influence with the hierarchies of the unionist paramilitaries people have a right to know what they are doing to stop ongoing sectarian attacks and indeed stopping this internal killing feud." ENDS

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