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Welcome For RIR Disbandment and Demilitarisation Announcement

1 August, 2005


Sinn Féin MP for Newry and Armagh Conor Murphy today welcomed the announcement from the British government regarding a strategy to demilitarise society including the disbandment of the RIR. The announcement came after a meeting this morning between Mr Murphy and the British Secretary of State Peter Hain who was accompanied by the PSNI Chief constable Hugh Orde.

Mr Murphy said:

" Sinn Féin have been the only party who has consistently demanded that the British government remove its war apparatus from the north.

" It has always been a key element of our discussions with the British government. This morning I met with the British Secretary of State Peter Hain who was accompanied by the PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde to discuss this issue in detail.

" We have consistently called for the British government to produce a comprehensive strategy to achieve the demilitarisation of our society. Any such strategy would have to include the future of the RIR. Sinn Féin have consistently raised the issue of the continuing role of the RIR, its sectarian composition and its collusion with the unionist paramilitaries and today's announcement deals with this issue.

" I welcomed the start that the British government made last week to the demilitarisation process and today's moves advance that process further. I now want to see the job completed as quickly as possible." ENDS

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