Is DUP up for paramilitary challenge..?

FORMER BBC security correspondent Brian Rowan reports a senior loyalist source calling for the DUP to meet openly with loyalist paramilitaries, in order to help them move towards a more political path – a difficult task, to say the least. The DUP says it’s “looking at a number of ways as to how best we could use our influence to encourage those within the loyalist paramilitaries to commit to an exclusively peaceful and democratic route.” The problem is, if the DUP is prepared to meet officially with the UDA or UVF, how can it justify not talking to Sinn Fein, since the IRA no longer poses anything close to the kind of threat to peace that loyalists do?