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Saturday, 9 November, 2002, 10:32 GMT
Loyalist dismisses UDA statement
Security forces say relations between the UDA and LVF are tense
Leading loyalist John White has dismissed a call for Ulster Defence Association members in the Shankill to distance themselves from convicted paramilitary Johnny Adair.

The organisation is blaming the so-called 'C' Company in the lower Shankill for a series of attacks on loyalist families.

In a coded message, the UDA warned Adair and former UDP spokesman White there should be no further attacks.


They don't represent anyone in west Belfast, they don't speak for the UDA in west Belfast and they certainly don't have any political input into that organisation

John White

The move by the UDA leadership is regarded as an attempt to further isolate Adair.

In recent weeks he and John White were expelled by the UDA leadership and, now, the organisation is calling for its members in the upper Shankill to distance themselves from the two men.

A statement from the group claimed eight loyalist families had been attacked in the past fortnight - attacks it claimed were linked to individuals in the lower Shankill.

The statement said a third loyalist feud could be ignited, and said it was time for other UDA members in west Belfast to distance themselves from Adair's so-called 'C' company.

'Contempt'

Earlier this week, the UDA settled its feud with the Loyalist Volunteer Force, but made clear that Adair's expulsion still stands.

Following a meeting of the UDA leadership on Friday, the group has warned Adair and John White there should be no further attacks.

Senior police sources believe the situation is very volatile and, in the background, they are watching developments very closely.

However, Mr White said he had nothing but contempt for the leaders of the UDA.
Johnny Adair: Convicted loyalist leader
Johnny Adair was expelled by the UDA last month

"What they're actually doing is strengthening our hand," he said.

"They don't represent anyone in west Belfast, they don't speak for the UDA in west Belfast and they certainly don't have any political input into that organisation.

"I think they are making complete fools of themselves in these silly statements they are issuing and need to catch themselves on."

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 ON THIS STORY
BBC NI's security editor Brian Rowan:
"Senior police sources believe the situation is very volatile"
Leading loyalist John White:
"What they're actually doing is strengthening our hand"
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