L’UDA CHIEDE DENARO E LIBERAZIONE DEI PRIGIONIERI IN CAMBIO DEL DISARMO
L’UDA avrebbe chiesto al governo diversi milioni di sterline a finanziamento di progetti della comunità in aree lealiste, e la liberazione anticipata dei prigionieri UDA condannati dopo il cessate il fuoco lealista, in cambio dello smantellamento dell’intero arsenale.
Al rifiuto del governo, l’UDA ha risposto attuando un disarmo parziale.
Sembra invece che l’Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), abbia consegnato tutte le armi ed anche il Red Hand Commando avrebbe dismesso la maggior parte dei propri armamenti.
Nonostante non siano stati raggiunti tutti gli obiettivi prefissati, il governo si è comunque dimostrato fiducioso e soddisfatto dei progressi fino ad ora compiuti.
Si attende per i prossimi giorni una dichiarazione ufficiale del Gen. John De Chastelain, a capo dell’organismo internazionale per il disarmo.
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UDA seek cash in return for guns (BBC News Northern Ireland)
The UDA is believed to have asked the government for millions of pounds and prisoner releases in return for the full decommissioning of their weapons. The paramilitary group wants the cash to be used for funding of projects in loyalist areas. When the government said no, the UDA agreed to put a only small number of weapons beyond use earlier this week. However, it is believed the Ulster Volunteer Force may have decommissioned all of its guns. General John de Chastelain, the head of the international decommissioning body, is expected to make a statement within days confirming that loyalist decommissioning has taken place. The UDA has started the process of decommissioning its guns – but still has a long way to go. The other main loyalist group, the UVF, is known to have engaged in what is described as “a comprehensive and hugely significant act” – which means the organisation may have destroyed all of its weapons. A smaller loyalist group, the Red Hand Commando, is also believed to have put most of its weapons beyond use. It is understood that the UDA wanted something in return for its guns and asked for several million pounds for community projects in loyalists areas as well as the early release of UDA prisoners convicted after the loyalist ceasefires. The government, however, refused, so the organisation scaled down its plans for decommissioning. While the government has not got all that it hoped for, it is nevertheless delighted with the progress that has been made and hopes there will be more. Official confirmation that decommissioning has taken place is expected to come from General John de Chastelain next week.