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SDLP playing on people’s fears in South Armagh

2 September, 2009 - by Westminster

Sinn Féin MP for Newry and Armagh Conor Murphy  MP MLA has hit out at the SDLP playing on people’s fears regarding the British Army returning to South Armagh.

Speaking today Mr Murphy said:

“For over 30 years the community here in South Armagh had to endure British Military occupation. Lands were stolen, communities were harassed and spy posts and other war apparatus blighted this area. It was only through hard work and strong negotiations that Sinn Féin secured the demilitarisation of these areas.

“At Weston Park a senior figure in the SDLP leadership proclaimed that demilitarisation was an issue only for Sinn Féin and the British government. Now we have the SDLP, who played no role in achieving an end to the British army’s presence in South Armagh, playing on peoples worst fears to steal a headline.

“Let me be very clear about this. There is no role for the British army in South Armagh. I know that as well as the SDLP and they need to realise that the nationalist community would not tolerate such a move.”

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