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Sinn Féin keen to see demilitarisation moves completed

24 August, 2005

Sinn Féin MP for Newry & Armagh Conor Murphy and local MLA Davy Hyland recently met with British government representatives to discuss ongoing work to demilitarise South Armagh.

Speaking after the meeting Mr Hyland said:

"Sinn Féin gave a broad welcome to British government proposals to demilitarise South Armagh and other areas in the six counties. Conor Murphy and myself recently met with British government representatives to discuss this plan and raise the concerns of local people concerning timeframe and restoration of farmlands currently occupied by the Crown Forces.

"We also took this opportunity to raise once again with the British government the widespread local anger at the continuing deployment of the British parachute regiment in the South Armagh area and the need to speedily remove this regiment from South Armagh and return them to their base in England.

"Sinn Féin will continue to monitor closely the ongoing work and any negative impact it has on local people. However we are keen to see the demilitarisation process be completed and completed quickly." ENDS

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