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September talks progress require British government to choose the Agreement over securocrats agenda

28 July, 2004


Sinn Féin Assembly group leader, Newry Armagh MLA Conor Murphy speaking to a meeting of the Sinn Fein Assembly team in Belfast today about the schedule for intensive talks in September has said that the British government has a clear-cut choice - either it stands with the Good Friday Agreement, and builds a bridge toward democracy and equality, or it sides with the forces of reaction and the agenda of securocrats within the NIO.

Mr Murphy said:

"As September approaches, and negotiations go into a new mode, the British government has a clear-cut choice. Either it stands with the Good Friday Agreement, and builds a bridge toward democracy and equality, or it sides with the forces of reaction as successive British government's did for decades. The challenge is for Mr Blair to get his system on board the Good Friday Agreement. So far he has failed to do this.

"Tony Blair has said if the process isn't going forward it will go backwards. Elements within his own system, particularly within the NIO, are doing their best to subvert progress and to encourage the backward slide.

"If British policy is the Good Friday Agreement, then the two governments have to have a common strategy to bring it about.

"However, the Irish Government wants an inquiry into Pat Finucane's killing but the, as British government, despite saying that it would do so, has refused to establish an inquiry. London's refusal to deal properly with the issue of collusion is of particular significance. The British government's handling of the Human Rights Commission and equality issues also go to the heart of this issue and in many ways is the clearest example of what the appeasement of unionism has led to.

"What have all these issues in common? They are all managed by unionists, and in some cases, securocrats. Progress in September requires the British government to chose the Agreement over the agenda of securocrats within the NIO." ENDS

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