Ritchie under pressure from UDA to back down

The UDA is believed to be planning to ask the Decommissioning Body to report to both the British and Irish governments and the North's social development minister on their discussions.

The UDA is believed to be planning to ask the Decommissioning Body to report to both the British and Irish governments and the North's social development minister on their discussions.

The minister, Margaret Ritchie of the SDLP, has given the UDA a deadline of October 9th to begin actual decommissioning or she will withdraw a £1.2m (€1.7m) funding package.

The decommissioning body under the Chairmanship of Canadian General John de Chastelain has been meeting the UDA leadership for the last two years.

The UDA is believed to want a positive spin on those discussions to be presented to the two governments and Margaret Ritchie. Clearly, the UDA wants to put maximum pressure on her to rescind her October deadline on the funding package.

There is understood to be no chance of any chance of actual decommissioning by October 9th however, so Margaret Ritchie will either have to stand firm or moderate her deadline perhaps fearing that if it sticks UDA decommissioning will be further down the line.

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