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Sinn Féin criticises British Secretary of State

24 February, 2004


Sinn Féín Assembly Group leader Conor Murphy has hit out at remarks by British Secretary of state Paul Murphy concerning last Friday's incident in Belfast.

Mr Murphy said:

"It is not lost on nationalists that Mr Murphy is very quick to deem these events a breach of the Joint Declaration when his government have failed to either implement it or the subsequent sequence agreed last October.

"It is also not lost on nationalists that Mr Murphy is quick to bring the IMC into play and to encourage them to report early to coincide with an election campaign. This confirms our view of the IMC. It is outside the terms of the Agreement and is as was predicted simply a British mechanism to try and dilute the Sinn Féin mandate. How many events involving the unionist paramilitaries or crown forces has Mr Murphy rushed to report to the IMC?

"Mr Murphy is attempting to provide further camouflage to cover the British Government's suspension of the institutions on bogus grounds and their failure to reinstate them. Paul Murphy like Hugh Orde now appears to be feeding into the anti-Sinn Féin and anti-peace process agenda." ENDS

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