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Political vacuum being filled by Unionist violence

11 September, 2005

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator, Martin McGuinness MP has accused Unionist politicians of creating a political vacuum that is being filled by unionist paramilitary violence.

Mr Mc Guinness said:

"The political vacuum created by the refusal by Unionist Political leaders to engage with republicans is being filled by unionist paramilitary violence. Unionist politicians and the Orange Order cannot shirk responsibility for the increased violence seen over the past few days. And I would point out that contrary to the picture being painted in the media this violence was not just directed at the PSNI and British Army. Numerous nationalist homes and properties have been attacked in many areas of the North.

"It is incumbent on unionist politicians to stop the prevarication and engage with the representatives of the nationalist/republican people now in order to remove this political vacuum. Unionist politicians must use their influence in a positive manner to have all activity by unionist paramilitary organisations stopped immediately." ENDS

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