28 October 2004 Edition

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British must rein in UDA

Commenting on reports that the British Secretary of State Paul Murphy is to meet with the UDA early next week, Sinn Féin National Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin said that he must make it clear to the loyalists that attacks have to end.

"Next week's meeting between Paul Murphy and the UDA leaders is not the first such meeting between a British Secretary of State and the UDA in recent years," he said. "Both Mo Mowlam and John Reid engaged in such discussions.

"It is important that during this meeting Mr Murphy makes it clear to the loyalist representatives that ongoing attacks on Catholics and ethnic minorities have to end as well as continuing drug dealing and agitation along the interfaces."

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