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Mc Guinness surprised at Ambassador Reiss's comments

20 March, 2004

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator, Martin Mc Guinness has said that he finds American Peace Envoy, Mitchell Reis's criticism of the Sinn Féin Advert in the 'New York Times' strange.

Mr Mc Guinness said:

"I spent an hour speaking to Ambassador Reiss in Washington on Tuesday and I find it strange that he did not raise his criticisms with me at that time. I intend to raise this matter directly with Ambassador Reiss.

"Sinn Féin's position on policing is absolutely clear. We will not endorse policing structures until we get them right.

"British securocrats still control policing here. Those that controlled and directed the unionist Death Squads in the 1980's & 1990's are now in the most senior positions in the PSNI.

"These problems will only be resolved by the transfer of power over Policing and Justice to a locally accountable Assembly.

"It is not surprising that all of those now calling on Sinn Féin to endorse the PSNI also supported the now discredited RUC. The fact of the matter is that Sinn Féin's analysis was endorsed by over 60% of the nationalist and republican electorate in the November Assembly elections."ENDS

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