The British Government is believed to have given the UDA six months to decommission its weapons or face a police crackdown.
British officials are understood to have told UDA leaders at a secret meeting on Monday they must move by February or face the consequences.
Last November, the loyalist paramilitary group said it believed the war was over and at Northern Ireland was on the way to permanent political stability.
However, Jackie McDonald, regarded as the group's de facto leader, also said 90% of loyalists don't want decommissioning.
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