UDA 'working towards disarming'
The loyalist paramilitary Ulster Defence Association has promised to end all violence and work towards complete disarmament. It follows Northern Ireland Secretary Paul Murphy’s announcement on Friday that the government was prepared to again recognise the UDA’s ceasefire. A statement from the paramilitary group was read on Sunday at a loyalist commemoration by Tommy Kirkham of the Ulster Political Research Group, which provides political analysis for the UDA. Masked men were among a crowd of more than 2,000 people at the loyalist Rathcoole estate on the outskirts of north Belfast which heard the statement.Full Story