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Butler responds to UPRG Review of UDA cessation

7 August, 2003


Commenting on the publication this afternoon by the UPRG of a 6 month review of the alleged UDA cessation, Lagan Valley Sinn Féin Representative Cllr. Paul Butler has said that the UDA need to 'demonstrate clearly that their campaign against Catholics has ended and that their extensive drug dealing and other criminal enterprises have ceased rather than issue further threats against the nationalist community'.

Cllr. Butler said:

"Within the last six months UDA activity has diminished. However they have murdered at least one man, carried out numerous assaults and attacks on Catholics and were yesterday caught with £2.5 million worth of drugs. This is not the actions of an organisation on cessation.

"The UDA need to demonstrate clearly that their campaign against Catholics has ended and that their extensive drug dealing and other criminal enterprises have ceased. Rather than issue further threats as they have done this afternoon.

"This statement threatening further violence will do little to convince the nationalist community that violent unionism is serious about engaging in the peace process and serious about going on cessation."ENDS

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