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IMC Little More Than British Tool

25 March, 2004


A Sinn Féin delegation including Gerry Kelly and Alex Maskey this morning met with the IMC in their Belfast offices. Speaking after the meeting Mr Kelly said that they had told the IMC 'in very clear terms that they were little more than a smokescreen to be used by the British government to provide cover for any attempt to exclude Sinn Féin'.

Mr Kelly said:

"This mornings meeting was the second time which we had met with the IMC. At the initial meeting in early January we informed the IMC that it was our belief that they were not independent, operated outside the terms of the Good Friday Agreement and were a British tool to be used to validate acts of exclusion against Sinn Féin.

"The actions of the IMC in the weeks since vindicate completely this position and we told them this at today's meeting. Nationalists and republicans hear little from the IMC or the British government about the ongoing campaign being conducted by unionist paramilitaries. We have heard little from them about the murder of a young catholic man in Lisburn late last year.

" The IMC should be in doubt that Sinn Féin and the community we represent view them as little more than a smokescreen to be used by the British government to provide cover for any attempt at exclusion in the future." ENDS

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