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Sinn Féin challenges IMC Role

16 January, 2004

Speaking today before meeting the International Monitoring Commission Sinn Féin MLA Bairbre de Brún said that the delegation would be making it 'very clear to the Commission that the remit they operate under is outside the terms of the Good Friday Agreement'

Ms de Brún said:

"This afternoon we will meet with the International Monitoring Commission. We will be making it very clear to them that their remit is outside the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. The legislation gives the power of exclusion to the British Secretary of State. Such powers contradict the democratic norms and the rights of the electorate.

"The IMC reports will be based upon information supplied by securocrats. and it is our firm belief that they are a smokescreen to validate arbitrary acts of exclusion by the British Secretary of State." ENDS

Editors Note: A Sinn Féin Delegation consisting of Bairbre de Brún, Conor Murphy and Alex Maskey will meet with the IMC today at 5pm at the IMC offices, Adelaide Street, Belfast

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