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CLMC Ceasefire Statement
13th October 1994
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Combined Loyalist Military Command (CLMC) Ceasefire Statement, 13 October 1994
"After a widespread consultative process
initiated by representations from the Ulster Democratic and Progressive
Unionist Parties, and after having received confirmation and guarantees
in relation to Northern Ireland's constitutional position within the United
Kingdom, as well as other assurances, and, in the belief that the democratically
expressed wishes of the greater number of people in Northern Ireland will
be respected and upheld, the CLMC will universally cease all operational
hostilities as from 12 midnight on Thursday 13th October 1994.
The permanence of our ceasefire will be completely dependant upon the
continued cessation of all nationalist/republican violence, the sole responsibility
for a return to War lies with them.
In the genuine hope that this peace will be permanent, we take the opportunity
to pay homage to all our Fighters, Commandos and Volunteers who paid the
supreme sacrifice. They did not die in vain. The Union is safe.
To our physically and mentally wounded who have served Ulster so unselfishly,
we wish a speedy recovery, and to the relatives of these men and women,
we pledge our continued moral and practical support.
To our prisoners who have undergone so much deprivation and degradation
with great courage and forbearance, we solemnly promise to leave no stone
unturned to secure their freedom.
To our serving officers, NCOs and personnel, we extend our eternal gratitude
for their obedience of orders, for their ingenuity, resilience and good
humour in the most trying of circumstances, and, we commend them for their
courageous fortitude and unshakeable faith over the long years of armed
In all sincerity, we offer to the loved ones of all innocent victims
over the past twenty years, abject and true remorse. No words of ours will
compensate for the intolerable suffering they have undergone during the
Let us firmly resolve to respect our differing views of freedom, culture
and aspiration and never again permit our political circumstances to degenerate
into bloody warfare.
We are on the threshold of a new and exciting beginning with our battles
in future being political battles, fought on the side of honest, decency
and democracy against the negativity of mistrust, misunderstanding and
malevolence, so that, together, we can bring forth a wholesome society
in which our children, and their children, will know the meaning of true