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McGuinness accuses loyalists of hypocrisy on weapons

Published 07/08/2008

Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness has accused loyalists of "rank hypocrisy" on the issue of decommissioning.

Mr McGuinness was speaking at a debate in west Belfast last night where PUP leader Dawn Purvis said there was no pressure from within the loyalist community for groups like the UVF to destroy their weapons.

He said loyalists were quick to focus on the issue of IRA weapons, but needed to turn their sights within their own community.

The British Government recently warned loyalist paramilitary groups that they would be treated as criminals and would face a police crackdown if they failed to decommission their weapons.

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