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Murphy - DUP Policing Comments not surprising

1 October, 2003

Responding to remarks made by former DUP MLA Ian Paisley Jnr after a secret meeting of Policing Board members and the PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Paul Leighton concerning the IRA cessation, Sinn Féin Representative for Newry & Armagh Conor Murphy said:

"The fact that the PSNI Deputy Chief Constable is sitting down behind closed doors with members of the Policing Board says much in itself about the supposed openness and transparency which we are told exists at the core of the new policing arrangements and the Policing Board in particular.

"The fact that the DUP are inserting themselves into the wider political debate on the back of a secret briefing from PSNI elements should not come as a surprise. At every delicate period in the political negotiations the DUP have become a willing conduit for the securocrats within the British system who wish to see the process subverted and the Good Friday Agreement collapsed. Today's briefing and subsequent media comment from the DUP is part of that agenda.

"Republicans however will continue to work with the two governments and the other parties in the time ahead to find a resolution to the current crisis and see the many outstanding elements satisfactorily resolved. We will not be deterred in this work by mischievous briefings from securocrats or media hype from anti-Agreement elements." ENDS

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