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Plastic Bullets key element of Political negotiations

1 December, 2004

Responding to comments this afternoon by the PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde on the continuing use of plastic bullets, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing and Justice issues Gerry Kelly said:

" The continuing use of plastic bullets has been raised by Sinn Féin in each and every phase of the political negotiations including the one we are currently involved in. This is a key issue in the delivery of an acceptable policing service. This is work we are still currently engaged in.

" The Sinn Féin position on these lethal devices is clear and consistent. The use of plastic bullets should be ended immediately. That is the motivation behind raising the continuing purchase and use of plastic bullets by the PSNI with the British government.

" In contrast the SDLP oppose plastic bullets in public, yet in the privacy of the policing board rubber stamp the purchase of tens of thousands of these killer devices. It is hardly a coincidence that at a time when Sinn Féin has put the issue of plastic bullets and other such key issues at the heart of the political agenda that the SDLP suddenly decide to pass public comment." ENDS

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