The South Antrim MLA said: “This step is welcome although it is extremely limited if the UDA is serious about moving forward. It is has to verifiably decommission weapons and not just state that they are beyond use.
“Similarly, standing down the Ulster Freedom Fighters which was widely regarded as a flag of convenience does not imply the whole organisation has given up criminal activities. I would like to see the whole of the UDA being stood down.
“Although I welcome this statement, the UDA will have to go to significantly further to provide confidence to the wider community.”