The Ulster Defence Association has been meeting this week for secret talks with international peacemakers.
The UDA has been holding secret talks
It is an attempt to draw up plans for the loyalist paramilitary group to abandon criminality and violence.
Last week, the UDA said it was keen to stand down and needed help to achieve this move.
Frankie Gallagher of Ulster Political Research Group, which gives advice to the UDA, said both communities should let the peacemakers prove their intent.
"They can safely say the UDA has changed," he said.
"What we are doing now is trying to consolidate that change, create structures where it continues to change, and where that change can be pre-determined."
He said the 'change' would "turn into something that is going to be of benefit for people, our communities, where we reduce fear, where we don't have intimidation".
It is understood the move has been endorsed by a Catholic community worker who has been working behind the scenes to persuade them to follow a political path.
Senior commanders in the paramilitary organisation were among those attending the launch of a document on the organisation's future last week.
At that time, Mr Gallagher said they believed the "war was over."
The pamphlet outlining ways of transforming loyalist areas was published, following a consultation within working class Protestant areas. It includes the views of UDA members.
One of the UDA's most notorious units has said it wants to disband, but wants the government to give it £8.5m to help the process.
The South East Antrim Brigade of the UDA has been responsible for dozens of murders throughout the Troubles.
It said it now wanted to become "a community development body".