The South Antrim MLA said: “The UDA has been making several moves towards the standing down of its organisation in recent months.
“And the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Shaun Woodward said last month that there was ‘meaningful engagement’ with UDA over the decommissioning of their weapons.
“But I believe that if tomorrow’s statement by the UDA is to mean anything then they must stop all criminality, announce the decommissioning of all its weapons and the standing down their organisation.
“There was no justification for the organisation in the first place. It is long past time it disappeared for good.”