CONCESSA AI LEALISTI UNA PROROGA DI UN ANNO PER LO SMANTELLAMENTO DEGLI ARSENALI
In contraddizione con quanto dichiarato pochi mesi fa dal governo, è stato prorogato di un anno il termine entro cui i gruppi paramilitari lealisti dovranno smantellare i propri arsenali.
La dichiarazione di cessate il fuoco risale ormai a 14 anni fa.
Shaun Woodward ha sottolineato che si tratta del termine ultimo in senso assoluto.
Decommissioning deadline extended
After months of warning it was running out of patience, the government is to give loyalist paramilitaries another year to decommission their weapons.
In a speech in May, Shaun Woodward issued a warning to the UDA and UVF that the structures governing decommissioning were “time limited”.
The legislation that enables the international decommissioning body to operate was to be renewed in February.
Government sources had suggested it was unlikely to be extended.
However, on Wednesday the government laid papers in the House of Commons to begin the process of renewing the legislation that allows the decommissioning body to operate for another year.
It has been 14 years since loyalist paramilitary groups declared their ceasefires.
Mr Woodward insisted this will be the last chance to deal with the issue of guns.