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British Army barracks closure long overdue

3 August, 2004

Sinn Féin Fermanagh South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew has said that the announcement that the Deanery British Army barracks just outside Clougher in South Tyrone is to close is long overdue.

Ms Gildernew said:

"The British government have failed to deliver the programme of demilitarisation that they committed themselves to in the Good Friday Agreement and in the many subsequent negotiations. It is only through intense lobbying at the highest level that we are now seeing some piecemeal progress.

"The British government and particularly the NIO have frustrated progress on demilitarisation. Ten years after the first IRA ceasefire there are still twice as many British Army soldiers here than there are in Iraq. This speaks volumes about the commitment of securocrats to the peace process.

"A decade after the ceasefires and 6 years on from the signing of the Good Friday Agreement it totally unacceptable that there are still so many British Army barracks and watchtowers, still far too much British Army activity on the ground and in the air and nationalists still having to live with British Army harassment and interference." ENDS

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