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Concern at possible UVF threat

13 April, 2006


Sinn Féin Newry Armagh MP Conor Murphy has said that media reports that the UVF leadership is delaying the decision on its future until after November 24th carries with it an implied threat of violence.

Mr Murphy said:

"The northern statelet was founded through loyalist paramilitary violence and the threat of violence.

"On countless occasions since loyalist paramilitaries have worked hand in glove with unionism to deny the rights of nationalists and republicans and to undermine political progress.

"Media reports that the UVF leadership is delaying the decision on its future until after November 24th carries with it an implied threat of violence.

"Given the opportunities for progress now, both governments and all political parties reject such threats and also that both governments live up to their commitments in terms of moving on after November 24th if the DUP refuse to rise to the challenge of forming an Executive." ENDS

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