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PUP set to re-open watchdog talks
PUP leader David Ervine
PUP leader David Ervine will not attend meetings with the IMC
The Progressive Unionist Party is to re-engage with the body which monitors paramilitary ceasefires in NI.

In the past, the Independent Monitoring Commission has recommended financial sanctions against the party, which has links to the loyalist paramilitary UVF.

The PUP broke off contact with the four-strong body in late 2004 after it criticised the party for not using its influence to end UVF activity.

It is understood PUP leader David Ervine will not take part in any talks.

However, other party members are trying to arrange discussions in the near future.

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