UKIP Regional Organiser in NI Brian Higginson has called upon the Secretary of State to confirm the current state of the INLA Ceasefire given its recent very public show of strength.
Mr Higginson said:
“In October 2009, the INLA announced an end to its armed campaign, stating that the current political framework allowed for the ‘pursuit of its goals through peaceful, democratic means.
Given this organisation’s very public recent show of strength, and the firing of shots over Peggy O’Hara’s coffin; I call upon the Secretary of State Theresa Villiers to confirm whether she and the Chief Constable of the PSNI believe that the INLA have broken their ceasefire?
When the INLA used a rifle to publicly fire a volley of shots over a coffin, it is obvious to all that they have retained weapons beyond 10th February 2010 (the date of their act of decommissioning.) Have they now breached IICD rules? What is the official line from the Government on the current state of this organisation’s ceasefire?
Mr Higginson added:
“Let us now see a pro-active clamp-down and arrest of these paramilitary leaders by the authorities.
Frustration is mounting now within the unionist community as there are questions over what appears to be a dual approach to policing within our communities. Now is the time for answers and it is time that we heard from the Secretary of State regarding these issues that are of concern to many people right across Northern Ireland.”