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February 23, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The Ulster Defense Assn., an outlawed Protestant paramilitary group known for killing Catholics, unexpectedly declared a one-year cease-fire. Britain, Ireland and moderate Catholics cautiously welcomed the move, which follows a deadly internal feud. The six-person UDA command said the group's approximately 3,000 members "have begun to observe a 12-month period of military inactivity," a group spokesman said. The UDA also pledged to resume disarmament negotiations.
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February 23, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The Ulster Defense Assn., an outlawed Protestant paramilitary group known for killing Catholics, unexpectedly declared a one-year cease-fire. Britain, Ireland and moderate Catholics cautiously welcomed the move, which follows a deadly internal feud. The six-person UDA command said the group's approximately 3,000 members "have begun to observe a 12-month period of military inactivity," a group spokesman said. The UDA also pledged to resume disarmament negotiations.
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October 17, 1988
A Protestant extremist group said its gunmen killed a leader of the Protestant Ulster Defense Assn. because he betrayed the association's cause in Northern Ireland. The outlawed Ulster Freedom Fighters said James Craig, 47, was the target in the Saturday shooting in a Belfast bar. A second man was killed and four others were wounded in the gunfire. Initially, guerrillas of the outlawed Irish Republican Army were suspected.
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November 25, 1999 | From Associated Press
An outlawed pro-British group said Wednesday that it will not talk to Belfast's disarmament commission unless its Irish Republican Army enemies do so first, a position at odds with the latest plans to make Northern Ireland's peace accord work. The announcement by the Ulster Defense Assn.--the biggest paramilitary group in Northern Ireland, with more than 1,000 members in hard-line Protestant districts--was certain to complicate and confuse efforts to persuade others to compromise.
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November 25, 1999 | From Associated Press
An outlawed pro-British group said Wednesday that it will not talk to Belfast's disarmament commission unless its Irish Republican Army enemies do so first, a position at odds with the latest plans to make Northern Ireland's peace accord work. The announcement by the Ulster Defense Assn.--the biggest paramilitary group in Northern Ireland, with more than 1,000 members in hard-line Protestant districts--was certain to complicate and confuse efforts to persuade others to compromise.
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August 11, 1992 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The British government Monday banned the largest Protestant paramilitary organization in Northern Ireland, the Ulster Defense Assn. Britain's secretary for Northern Ireland, Patrick Mayhew, said the association was "actively and primarily engaged in the commission of criminal terrorist acts."
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April 11, 1998
1920: Ireland is partitioned. Six northeastern counties remain part of United Kingdom, with some self-government; southern 26 counties also given some self-government, but reject action and begin fighting for complete independence. 1921: Southern counties receive dominion status (self-governing country). 1937: Southern counties adopt new constitution, dissolving all remaining links with Great Britain. But the partitioning of Ireland remains a contentious issue for decades. Oct.
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August 11, 1992 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The British government Monday banned the largest Protestant paramilitary organization in Northern Ireland, the Ulster Defense Assn. Britain's secretary for Northern Ireland, Patrick Mayhew, said the association was "actively and primarily engaged in the commission of criminal terrorist acts."
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October 17, 1988
A Protestant extremist group said its gunmen killed a leader of the Protestant Ulster Defense Assn. because he betrayed the association's cause in Northern Ireland. The outlawed Ulster Freedom Fighters said James Craig, 47, was the target in the Saturday shooting in a Belfast bar. A second man was killed and four others were wounded in the gunfire. Initially, guerrillas of the outlawed Irish Republican Army were suspected.
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