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Paisley agenda on arms absurd

15 December, 2004


Sinn Féin Party Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin speaking tonight after Ian Paisley's remarks leaving Hillsborough said:

"If unnamed Special Branch or intelligence sources are going to set Ian Paisley's agenda they are not going to set ours.

"Since the Good Friday Agreement was achieved unionist leaders have claimed that the issue of arms was at the top of their agenda. Now we have the leader of the DUP giving an ultimatum to the IRA not to deal conclusively with its weapons. This is an absurd situation which would be laughable if it were not so serious.

"The political process is in crisis because the DUP leader demands a process of humiliation - and if this means the issue of arms not being dealt with, and the significant offer made by the IRA last week gather moss - then this is Ian Paisley's preference. This is the stuff of Alice in Wonderland.

"It must appear to many, including surely some within his own party, that Ian Paisley's fixation on humiliating republicans now stands in the way of finding a resolution to the current problem." ENDS

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