Following last week’s statement directly from the IRA, the UVF has followed with one of its own. Refering to the personal details of leading Loyalists found in the Stormont raids last October it said:
“The underhand approach of the past must end. The words and actions of the republican movement have constantly created instability for the people of Northern Ireland. Their new year statement displayed total arrogance, amid a blind refusal to accept any modicum of complicity for the current stalemate. Such patent intransigence conveys an implicit threat to the peace process.”
Hugh Orde has described the statement particularly worrying coming from one of the few Loyalist groupings still on ceasefire.