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Sectarian attacks dossier published

3 March, 2004

Sinn Féin this morning published a dossier of sectarian attacks which have been carried out by unionist paramilitaries in the Lagan Valley area over the past number of years. Sinn Féin Policing spokesperson Gerry Kelly joined the Lagan Valley Representative Cllr. Paul Butler at the launch.

Mr Kelly said:

"Yesterday during the Review talks we presented this dossier to the two governments and we demanded from them answers on their response or lack of it to ongoing sectarian attacks. If the two governments and the other parties wish to discuss paramilitarism then they need to discuss it in the round. It cannot be confined to an anti-Sinn Féin or anti-Republican agenda.

"We asked the two government's where the special meetings were to discuss the sectarian campaign being waged by the unionist paramilitaries. Where were the special meetings to discuss the attacks on a 105 year old woman in North Belfast? Where were the meetings to discuss the DUP role in Ulster Resistance or the role of British Government agents within the various unionist paramilitary gangs?

"Sinn Féin are more than happy to discuss paramilitarism, but the process cannot be confined to this issue. There is a range of issues which need addressed and a range of commitments which need implemented if the process is to be advanced." ENDS

Lagan Valley Sinn Féin Representative Cllr. Paul Butler said:

" I welcomed the opportunity provided yesterday by the Review to discuss at first hand my concerns about ongoing attacks in Lagan Valley with both the British and Irish governments.

" For year now I have been attempting to raise these matters but with only limited success.

" Sinn Féin will continue to work with the community across Lagan Valley who are continuing to suffer as the result of the activities of the various unionist paramilitary gangs." ENDS

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