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British Forces move a ‘backward step’ - Maskey

6 March, 2009 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin Policing spokesperson and South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey has slammed moves to redeploy British Special Forces in the North of Ireland, describing it as both a 'backward step' and 'deeply worrying to the Nationalist and Republican community'.

Speaking this afternoon Mr Maskey said,

"This is a matter of grave concern in particular for the nationalist and republican community given the legacy of British Special Forces here in Ireland. Sinn Fein remains opposed to any such deployment of these forces and remains committed to ensuring that the PSNI is held to account for an effective, efficient and non-political Policing service.

We have raised these concerns this morning with both governments. I have also spoken with the Chief Constable Hugh Orde and conveyed to him in no uncertain terms our opposition to this deployment and indeed the manner in which this has entered the public domain.

Like many others, I was a victim of so-called British Special Forces, who colluded with Unionist Murder Gangs in attempts to murder me and my family. There can be no place for these types of groups within any civic and non-political policing service."

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