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Last of militias to give up weapons

September 09, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The British government said the last remaining armed paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland had pledged to decommission all their weapons within six months.

Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward said the Ulster Defense Assn. and a breakaway unit pledged to give up their arms by February 2010, just before the end of a long-running amnesty that allows paramilitary groups to give up their weapons without being prosecuted.

Two other paramilitary groups, the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Red Hand Commando, handed over their guns, ammunition and explosives in June.

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