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Sinn Féin leaders meet with US Congressional delegation

29 June, 2004

Speaking after meeting with a US Congressional delegation led by Congressman Jim Walsh at which a range of issues including policing were discussed Sinn Féin spokesperson on policing Gerry Kelly said that 'Sinn Féin shared the desire of the delegation to see the creation of an acceptable and accountable policing service'.

Mr Kelly said:

"We discussed a wide range of issues with the delegation including ongoing initiatives to see a peaceful summer, efforts to see the political institutions re-established and the need to see the outstanding aspects of the Good Friday Agreement implemented.

"We also discussed with the delegation in some detail the issue of policing. Sinn Féin share the desire of the delegation to see created an accountable and acceptable policing service. We do not have this at present.

"The people responsible for collusion, responsible for the killing of Pat Finucane, responsible for hundreds of deaths through the control of unionist death squads now occupy the most senior positions within the PSNI. This issue must be dealt with. Young nationalists do not want to be part of a policing force which still uses plastic bullets. These matters and the issue of democratic accountability still have to be resolved.

"We want to see the British government addressing and resolving the outstanding matters. That continues to be our focus in ongoing discussions with the British government. Sinn Féin want to get policing right." ENDS

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