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Governments must make case for Peace III programme

17 October, 2003


Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle member Bairbre de Brún has called on the British and Irish governments to make a strong case to the European Commission for a Peace III programme to support the emerging peace and to ensure an inclusive process for the design of any such programme.

Ms de Brún said:

"Through the Peace I and Peace II programmes the EU recognised that there was a need for specific mechanisms to support our society as it emerges from decades of conflict and the damage done to our communities as a result of disadvantage and partition.

"The institutions have been suspended on several occasions and as a result, the political process is not as far advanced, as we would all wish at this point.

"The British and Irish governments have a responsibility to make a strong case to the European Commission for a Peace III programme to support the emerging peace and to ensure an inclusive process for the design of any such programme.

"The EU Peace programmes have made important contributions to border communities and to disadvantaged rural and urban communities. It is vital that we continue to build on such programmes.

"In particular communities either side of the border have suffered from partition and Sinn Féin fully expect that a Peace III programme will have specific actions on cross-border or all-Ireland work in the years ahead." ENDS

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