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Governments accused of pandering to unionism

9 March, 2004

Sinn Féin West Belfast MLA Bairbre de Brún has accused the British and Irish governments of pandering to unionism after they cancelled the review plenary scheduled for today.

Ms de Brún said:

"The decision to cancel today's scheduled plenary is unacceptable.

"In last week's review talks and again yesterday we pressed the British government to end the anti-peace process activities of their security and intelligence agencies. We also pressed both governments to seek an assurance from unionist leaders that they would use their influence to bring an end to attacks directed at the Catholic community by unionist paramilitaries.

"The governments were aware that Sinn Féin intended to raise the ongoing campaign of sectarian and racist attacks being orchestrated by unionist paramilitaries across the North, particularly in areas like Ballymena, South and North Belfast, South Antrim and Lisburn.

"It is clear that the only reason for the cancellation is the resistance of the two unionist parties to the process of change set out in the Good Friday Agreement." ENDS

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