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Maskey demands DUP action on Ulster Resistance weapons

26 October, 2005

Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey today joined members of the Relatives for Justice group and members of the campaign group An Fhirnne to meet with the South African Minister for Intelligence Ronnie Kassrils to discuss the issue of British State violence.

Mr Maskey said:

"This mornings meeting between those groups representing families who have suffered greatly through collusion, shoot to kill and other British State policies which resulted in the deaths of their loved ones provided an opportunity both to listen to Mr Kassrils and also deal with issues surrounding the importation into the north of large quantities of weapons from the old South African apartheid regime through the DUP inspired Ulster Resistance.

"People need to remember that the killing campaign controlled and directed by British State agencies through the loyalist death squads in the late 1980s and early 1990s was in the main carried out with these weapons. Given this and the fact that the DUP were central to the formation of Ulster Resistance in the first place Ian Paisley has a particular responsibility to address the issue of the arms imported by this group from South Africa.

"The DUP to this point have singularly failed to address the legacy of their involvement in forming Ulster Resistance and have failed to acknowledge the role which that organisation played in rearming loyalist death squads to attack and kill innocent nationalists, republicans and catholics.

"Republicans have taken brave and courageous steps to try and advance the peace process in recent times. The IRA have dealt with the issue of arms. We now need to hear from the DUP how they are going to tackle the legacy of Ulster Resistance and the stockpiles of weapons we can only presume are still under their control. In the case of Ulster Resistance the DUP cannot claim with any credibility not to have influence over an organisation which they actually helped to establish in the first instance." ENDS

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