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Loyalists will not 'follow IRA'
Loyalist mural Sandy Row
Loyalists are not likely to follow the IRA's arms move
General John de Chastelain will not see loyalists decommission if "he lives to be 208", a prominent loyalist has said.

The general said he was satisfied the IRA had given up all its weapons, and said he hoped loyalists would as well.

Sammy Duddy, a member of the Ulster Political Research Group - which advises the UDA, said loyalists would not follow the IRA's lead.

"The general has no chance of seeing that achieved. Should he live to be 208, he'll never see it," he said.

"He's living in cloud-cuckoo-land if he thinks the loyalists are going to decommission and do what the IRA's doing.

'Greatest fear'

"You see, the IRA have all the clout, this is how they've come to the table today.

"They've all the clout, they can go and make another Canary Wharf tomorrow.

"The greatest fear is the threat of a united Ireland. As I said it would be resisted by all and every opportunity and we don't care about other things as such."

General de Chastelain, the head of the arms decommissioning body, said the IRA had now put all its arms beyond use.

The two major loyalist paramilitary groups are the Ulster Volunteer Force and Ulster Defence Association.

Both went on ceasefire in 1994 under the auspices of the Combined Loyalist Military Command.

Since then the government has said it no longer recognises their ceasefires.

On 14 September, the government said it no longer recognised the UVF ceasefire over its feud with the Loyalist Volunteer Force splinter group, which has seen the death of four men.

In October 2001, the government said it no longer recognised the UDA ceasefire citing its involvement in feuding and racketeering.

However, in November 2004 the government said that it recognised it again and that the UDA's ceasefire was holding.


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