Response to UVF statement
Sinn Féin Assembly group leader, Upper Bann MLA John O'Dowd commenting on the UVF statement today has said that it will be judged by what the UVF actually do next.
Mr O'Dowd said:
"This is a welcome statement if it signals a recognition of the new political reality where there is no room for armed or violent actions.
"It will be judged by what the UVF actually do next.
"While engagement with de Chastelain is welcome, there is no commitment to removing UVF guns from Irish politics.
"People who have been the victim of the UVF campaigns across the north, particularly the sectarian campaigns in places like north Antrim, will want to see an end to their violence on the ground." ENDS