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McLaughlin - Trimble Challenged on Sanctions

1 March, 2003

Responding to the comments made by UUP leader David Trimble at his party's AGM in Belfast Sinn Féin National Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin said:

" Sinn Féin have been involved in intense discussions with the two governments across the range of issues which are at the center of this crisis.

" Mr. Trimble today demanded that the British government introduce a mechanism to sanction parties. Moves to introduce sanctions against the Sinn Féin electorate would be entirely outside the terms of the Good Friday Agreement and are totally unacceptable.

" This core principles of this peace process are inclusivity and respect for democratic mandates. Mr. Trimble's proposals fly in the face of this reality and are a blatant attempt to dilute and deny the most basic rights and entitlements of the Sinn Féin electorate." ENDS

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