October 13, 1994
Some comments on cease-fire announcement by Protestant-based paramilitaries, six weeks after the Irish Republican Army called a truce:
"What we have learned over these past 25 years is that violence doesn't pay."
- John White, 44, former member of the outlawed Ulster Defense Association, who stabbed to death a Roman Catholic politician and the politician's Protestant girlfriend in 1973, and spent half his life in jail.
"It's a wee bit late for us."
-- Belfast community worker Joyce McCartan, who has lost 13 members of her family in a quarter century of violence.
"We've taken it cautiously. We've taken it slowly ... We don't intend to be pushed."
-- British Prime Minister John Major.
"Now we have got definitive decisions from both sets of paramilitaries, the duty of both governments is to lead."
-- Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds.
"I hope my children will be able to go where they like, work where they like when they grow up. Thinking of it now, it is very hard to imagine. I was only six when the troubles began."
--Pauline Hegney, 31, whose Catholic husband was shot dead by Protestant gunmen in 1991 as he left a pub.
"Of course the day will come when we will sit down with Sinn Fein (the IRA's political partner) ... Yes, I do believe we will do good business together."
-- Gusty Spence, 61, founding father of the Protestant paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force.
" The people that I represent ..... have said clearly to me, ' Look, we have been bombed and murdered and killed and we can't do business with those that haven't even repented. ' "
-- Protestant political leader the Rev. Ian Paisley, rejecting talks with Sinn Fein.
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