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Attwood Becomes Amplifier For Paisley Demands

4 December, 2004

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin today said that nationalists would be 'puzzled, dismayed and indeed angered by the SDLP after Alex Attwood became an amplifier for the demands of the DUP'.

Mr McLaughlin's remarks came after Mr Attwood repeated DUP demands on the issue of weapons.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"Not for the first time the SDLP have departed completely from the terms of Good Friday Agreement on a crucial issue. One of our tasks in this negotiation has been to protect and defend the fundamentals and principles of the Agreement from attack by the DUP. We will continue to do this despite the positions adopted by the SDLP on a range of important areas.

"The decision of the SDLP and Alex Attwood to become the amplifier for the demands of Ian Paisley and the DUP will puzzle, dismay and indeed anger many nationalists at this time."ENDS

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