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Trimble support for SDLP not surprising

17 April, 2005

Sinn Féin Assembly member for Newry & Armagh Conor Murphy today said that it would come as no surprise to nationalists and republicans that David Trimble today called on the electorate to vote for the SDLP and UUP.

Mr Murphy said:

"For decades the SDLP and UUP were in the ascendancy yet at no time did either party come close to delivering the sort of inclusive process which could deliver us a road map away from conflict and division. Sinn Féin entering the political negotiations brought that dynamic. It was a negotiation process involving republicans which ultimately succeeded after years of failed talks processes headed by the UUP and SDLP.

"It was Sinn Féin who brought the issues of the constitutional position, policing, demilitarisation, equality and human rights to the table. These were issues which the unionist parties were allowed to avoid in all of the previous political talks.

"It should therefore come as no surprise that the UUP leader David Trimble is harking back to the days when the unionist establishment dictated the pace of political change and elements of the SDLP blinded by party political interests support this position. However those days have gone, Sinn Fein have ensured that. Mr Trimble needs to realise that the days of nationalists accepting the badge of second class citizenship have gone and are not coming back."ENDS

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