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Sinn Féin votes against report on EU Common Foreign and Security Policy

13 April, 2005

Sinn Féin National Chairperson and MEP for Dublin Mary Lou McDonald has today said that the party 'does not accept the need for an EU Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)' and that Sinn Féin would continue to oppose its implementation.

Ms McDonald made her comments before both Sinn Féin MEPs voted against a motion for a European Parliament Resolution, proposed by Elmar Brok MEP.

Speaking from Strasbourg Ms McDonald said:

"Both myself and Bairbre de Brún MEP will be voting against this motion in the European Parliament today. Mr Brok´s report encapsulates everything that Sinn Féin believes is wrong with the current European approach to foreign policy.

"His report proposes the further militarization of the European Union and an increase in military spending. Furthermore the resolution proposes that aspects of the Common Foreign and Security Policy contained in the proposed EU Constitution are implemented in advance of the ratification of the treaty. This is wholly undemocratic and undermines the ratification process across the EU.

"Sinn Féin is committed to campaigning for an independent foreign policy and the promotion of alternative approach to foreign policy within the EU. This alternative opposes militarisation, promotes dialogue and conflict resolution, promotes a global justice including the Millennium Development Goals, Fair Trade policies and UN reform. Unfortunately Mr Brok's report takes us further away from these objectives." ENDS

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