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Nationalists unconvinced by UDA statement

9 March, 2006

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP has said that nationalists will be very sceptical about today's statement from the UDA's inner circle.

Mr McGuinness said:

"Given that the UDA over recent years have made a number of positive statements only for them to be contradicted by actions on the ground people will be totally sceptical about this statement, particularly in light of events in recent days. In recent days republican ex-prisoners have been threatened, a Catholic taxi driver attacked and a number of Catholic taxi firms warned.

"We need to hear and see from the UDA evidence that their violent sectarian campaign against Catholics is over. We need to hear that their guns and bombs will not be used again and that they want to move forward peacefully with the rest of us.

"Along with most people I hope that this statement will take us forward. However, I have to say that along with most people, I need to be convinced by actions or non-actions that live up to this statement." ENDS

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