The IMC is unambiguous about the role of Loyalist paramilitaries over the last few months. The UVF, considered to be most restrained of the three main organisations it describes as: “The UVF is active, violent and ruthless and is prepared to use violence to promote what it sees as the interests of the organisation”. It has recommended that sanctions be triggered against the political party most closely associated with it, the PUP.
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