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Maskey - Sinn Féin offered SDLP Pro-Agreement Pact

12 November, 2003


Responding to an appeal by Seamus Mallon for unionists to support his party, South Belfast Sinn Féin Representative Alex Maskey said that the comments 'were an acknowledgement by the SDLP that Sinn Féin has the support of the majority of nationalists in this election'.

Cllr. Maskey said:

" Sinn Féin's position is to ask for votes for Sinn Féin candidates and beyond that for people to transfer to other pro-Agreement candidates in order of their own preference.

" A number weeks ago in advance of the election, Gerry Adams proposed a pro-Agreement transfer pact to Mark Durkan. The SDLP rejected this.

" The SDLP's appeal today for unionists to vote for them is not as alleged about protecting the Good Friday Agreement. It is about protecting the SDLP and is a further sign of a party in crisis.

" The SDLP position is an acknowledgement that Sinn Féin has the support of the majority of nationalists in this election." ENDS

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