Unformatted text preview: Protestant paramilitary group, announced that it was renouncing violence; it did not plan, however, to decommission its weapons. British troops ended their military mission in Northern Ireland, which began in 1969, in July, 2007. UDA factional clashes during the summer led to a demand that they decommission their arms or lose funding for a loyalist project associated with the UDA; the social development minister's insistence on the deadline and cutoff of funds led to tensions in the North Irish executive in Oct., 2007, with the DUP and Sinn Féin supporting a more lenient approach to the UDA. In November the UDA announced that its fighters' weapons were being put beyond use (but not decommissioned). Paisley retired as first minister and was succeeded by Peter Robinson, the new DUP leader, in June, 2008....
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- Fall '10
- Northern Ireland, Sinn Féin, Belfast, UDA factional clashes