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Peace process continues to inspire across the globe

1 September, 2014 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that our peace process is an inspiration for other areas across the globe suffering with conflict.

 Speaking from Thailand where he has been talking about the experiences of the Irish peace process Mr Maskey said,

 “The 20th anniversary of the IRA cessation is a major milestone in our peace process but its impact needs to be taken in a bigger context than just Ireland.

 “Since the cessation Sinn Féin members have travelled to Palestine, Columbia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Basque Country, Middle East and other countries looking to resolve their own conflicts to speak about our experiences.

 “While our process is by no means perfect it has given hope to other areas that conflict can be replaced by dialogue and agreement.

 “The message we take is that while making peace is hard work it can be achieved if room is created to allow dialogue to begin and trust to build.” ENDS/CRÍOCH

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