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Orde must realise Nationalists will not be duped on demil.

30 September, 2004

Sinn Féin spokesperson on demilitarisation Tom Reilly MLA has dismissed remarks by the PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde this afternoon claiming that he is seeking extra resources to demilitarise certain PSNI barracks. Mr Orde's remarks came after a meeting with the SDLP.

Mr Reilly said:

" It is six years on from the Good Friday Agreement and ten years on from the first IRA cessation. The continuing levels of militarisation and patrolling by the PSNI and British Army are simply not acceptable.

" In the past the PSNI and British Army have often dressed up their own requirements for rationalisation as a process of demilitarisation. That is the agenda which the Chief Constable and the SDLP are now on again.

" Nationalists and republicans will not accept tinkering with the facades of military bases or the closure of parts of bases as the sort of demilitarisation process that the British committed themselves to six years ago.

" The SDLP are foolish if they believe that providing political cover for this sort of approach to a key Good Friday Agreement commitment will wash with communities still blighted by the ongoing presence of the British war machine in Ireland." ENDS

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