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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 September 2005, 14:26 GMT 15:26 UK
Hain 'to denounce' UVF ceasefire
The UVF has been linked to four murders in recent months
The government is expected to announce that it no longer legally recognises the Ulster Volunteer Force's ceasefire.

It is expected to announce its decision to "specify" the loyalist organisation on Wednesday.

The government has been considering a report from the Independent Monitoring Commission on the UVF's feud with the Loyalist Volunteer Force.

Progressive Unionist Party leader David Ervine said the move by the government was "hardly unexpected".

He described it as "tragic" and said it would mean there would be more ground to cover once the UVF was restored to the political process.

The four-strong commission forwarded its report on the loyalist feud to Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain and the Irish government last week.

The UVF has been linked to four recent murders and has also been blamed for orchestrating violence across Northern Ireland following the Orange Order's Whiterock parade in north Belfast on Saturday.

The PUP is linked to the UVF and Red Hand Commando.

In July, Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain said he intended to withhold the PUP's assembly allowances for another year.

The decision followed the latest report from the Independent Monitoring Commission, which said the UVF and Red Hand Commando remained active, violent and involved in organised crime.

The Independent Monitoring Commission was set up by the British and Irish governments in January 2004.

It is a crucial element in the two governments' plans for restoring devolution, which was suspended in October 2002 amid allegations of IRA intelligence gathering at the Northern Ireland Office.

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