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Taoiseach meets IMC in Dublin

31 January, 2005

Commenting as the IMC met with the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in Dublin today, Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey said:

"The IMC operates completely outside the terms of the Good Friday Agreement and the powers adopted by the British Secretary of State to discriminate against parties are also outside the terms of the Agreement.

"Last week the Taoiseach informed us that the Irish government opposed sanctions. They need to make this position very clear in their meetings over the next two days.

"The IMC is simply a tool of the British securocrats. Its primary function is to create conditions to exclude the majority of nationalist opinion from the political process. Sinn Féin will not allow our electoral mandate to be ignored or marginalised in this way by the IMC or anyone else." ENDS

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