A Student of History

November 14, 2007

More good news from Ulster

Filed under: Ireland — John Maass @ 10:44 am

An AP Story reports that the largest Protestant paramilitary group in Northern Ireland renounced violence Sunday, officially ending the decades of terror it inflicted on the province’s Catholic minority.  The outlawed Ulster Defense Association said it was disbanding all of its armed units and would store its weapons beyond the reach of rank-and-file members, but was not willing yet to hand over its arsenal to international disarmament officials.

“The Ulster Defense Association believes that the war is over, and we are now in a new democratic dispensation that will lead to permanent political stability,” the group said, referring to the Catholic-Protestant administration established in May under terms of a 1998 peace accord.

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