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Limavady Council reject Unionist demands for RIR and TA Civic Reception

28 August, 2008

At this month's meeting of Limavady Borough Council a Notice of Motion submitted by UUC councillor Leslie Cubitt calling for a civic reception for British solders returning from Iraq and Afghanistan was rejected.

Sinn Féin Cllr Paddy Butcher said "the British Army are are not welcome in Iraq".

Cllr Butcher said:

"Sinn Féin will not tolerate any jingoistic celebration of an illegal war launched over false claims about weapons of mass destruction by Bush and Blair.

"We have opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from the outset. It is estimated that over half a million innocent men, women and children have been killed by allied forces and we don't feel it is right to glorify those deaths.

"The British army should not expect a civic reception at the expense of the rate payers of Limavady. Their government misled their own people and the United Nations to engineer an oil grab. The consequence of this is that the stability of the region has been undermined for generations to come.

"We totally reject the claims made by Unionists during the debate that the soldiers were only 'serving their country' and should be honoured.

"It would be an insult to the ordinary people of Iraq who have had their country devastated by British occupation. The people of Ireland have experienced that for centuries." CRÍOCH

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