Pro-British paramilitary group to dump arms in N. Ireland

The last remaining pro-British paramilitary groups in N. Ireland have vowed to scrap their arms by the end of February, a decommissioning body said.

Pro-British paramilitary group to dump arms in N. Ireland

The last remaining pro-British paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland have vowed to scrap their weapons by the end of February, an international decommissioning body said on Tuesday.

The Ulster Defence Association and a breakaway faction have told the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning that they were committed to destroying their arsenal following similar moves by the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Red Hand Commando in June.

"Confirmation by the IICD that all five brigades of the UDA remain committed to completing decommissioning within the timeframe of the Commission is very welcome," said Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Shaun Woodward.

The UDA had said in June it had destroyed part of its weaponry and signalled it would finish the job.

Reuters
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