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Increased British Army activity raised with governments

2 March, 2004


At a meeting with both governments at Stormont today, Tuesday 2nd March, Sinn Féin Assembly Group Leader Newry/Armagh MLA, Conor Murphy protested vigorously about the increased level of British army activity and refurbishment of military bases in south Armagh.

Mr. Murphy said:

"At a meeting with both governments yesterday I raised the concerns of local residents about the increased level of British army activity and the refurbishment of military bases in south Armagh.

"On Monday the area surrounding Silverbridge Road was sealed off by the British army because one of their lorries had overturned into a field. Local residents are angry that British army military bases in Forkhill, Bessbrook and Camlough Mountain are being refurbished. This is clear evidence that the British government has failed to fulfil commitments made to implement a rolling programme of demilitarisation. Instead we are witnessing remilitarisation.

"I have raised these issues with Paul Murphy, British Secretary of State today and I have also urged the Irish government to support residents in my own constituency and use their influence to demilitarise south Armagh, an area whose residents have still not experienced the benefits of an evolving Peace Process." ENDS

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