Loyalist paramilitaries begin decommissioning…

At long last… it seems there’s word of loyalist paramilitaries decommissioning… UTV’s senior political correspondent has broken the news (such as it is) on U105… it follows months of contact between mainstream unionist parties, the British government, and the paramilitaries. Reid reports:

“I think that the intention would be that it would be completed during the course of the summer – maybe as early as July. My understanding is that the process has started.”

With so much contact between government’s parties and the mainstream media it will make this afternoon’s judgement in the case against Suzanne Breen all the more interesting….

Update: Gerry Kelly’s just released a statement suggesting it may only be the UVF that’s involved (below the fold… Update 2: James points to Henry McDonald in Sunday’s Observer

“The IRA dealt with the issue of arms in a decisive way four years ago. If these reports prove to be true and the UVF have now followed suit then that would obviously be a welcome move. It is also important that other armed organisations go down this road. Politics is now working and there is no basis for any organisation holding onto arms.”

We await some details from someone who actually knows… The IICD for instance?

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  • James
  • Ulsters my homeland

    Once the UVF and UDA weapons are gone will the PSNI be able to deal effectively with the dissidents? What if the dissidents start attacking Unionist areas and places where a few Prods would be sufficient, just like what the IRA did?

  • Irish and prod

    Well Ulster I have been reading your rants for a while now, you are crazed. FFS they should have decommissioned years ago. What if the UVF / LVF or a bunch of sectarian morons from Colerain / Larne start attacking Irish areas like they did for the last 800 odd years??
    Shake my head with disgust.

  • LURIG

    Look forward to the demands from the DUP & UUP for verification, photographs, slide shows etc…………..I guess I’ll be waiting a while. By the way it looks like this has been leaked to take the heat off the UDA in South Belfast whose members are up to their necks in these racist attacks. Cynical? Better believe it!

  • Ulsters my homeland

    LURIG

    “[i]By the way it looks like this has been leaked to take the heat off the UDA in South Belfast whose members are up to their necks in these racist attacks. Cynical? Better believe it![/i]

    I seen a few racist assholes in South Belfast, what did you see?

    I see assholes in my own neighbourhood who think they’re UDA. They haven’t got any backing because they largely claim membership themselves. Just because they chant UDA when drunk doesn’t mean they’re UDA members. They’re fucking morons.

    ..don’t be afraid of such scum, they just want to terrorise the community using paramilitarism to do it.

  • RepublicanStones

    ‘Once the UVF and UDA weapons are gone will the PSNI be able to deal effectively with the dissidents?’

    Strange way to put a question UMH? Are you saying the loaylists should take on the disaffected republicans?

    ‘I see assholes in my own neighbourhood who think they’re UDA.’

    Ahh right so its the walter mitty types who are the assholes, not the actual UDA…they’re grand !