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Green Party Assembly proposals naïve

19 July, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly member Michael Ferguson has branded Green Party proposals to change the voting arrangements in a future Assembly as 'naive and displaying a complete lack of understanding of the rational for the checks and balances being inserted into the Good Friday Agreement in the first place'.

Mr Ferguson said:

"Green Party leader Trevor Sargent today launched a series of proposals which if adopted would greatly undermine the checks and balances system under which any Assembly here would operate.

"Northern nationalists and republicans lived for decades under a system of institutionalised discrimination and sectarianism. We were treated as second class citizens. There are many within the unionist political establishment who hark back to the days of domination. You only have to look at the unionist political participation in Orange parades to see evidence of that.

" The Green party proposals are aimed directly at the very checks and balances which are designed to ensure that this is never allowed to happen again. They are at best naïve and display a complete lack of understanding of the northern nationalist and republican perspective and experience." ENDS

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