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26 February 2004 Edition

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McGuinness comments on UDA statement

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness

Commenting on the announcement by the UPRG on Tuesday of an open ended UDA cessation, Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP said that "if this statement marks an end to sectarian violence by the UDA then I welcome this. Ultimately people will judge the UDA by their actions in the time ahead."

McGuinness said: "Any process of conflict resolution requires collective responsibility and dialogue. Much work has been done by prominent Irish citizens in recent times with representatives of the UDA and I commend those involved.

"If this statement marks an end to sectarian violence by the UDA then I welcome this. Ultimately people will judge the UDA by their actions in the time ahead. The sectarian attacks which the UDA have been orchestrating must be brought to an immediate end."

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