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Unionists need to grasp opportunity presented by IRA initiative

29 September, 2005

Commenting after meetings today between both the DUP and UUP with the Rev. Harold Good and Fr. Alec Reid, Sinn Féin MP for Newry & Armagh Conor Murphy urged unionists to grasp the opportunity created by the historic initiative taken by the IRA.

Mr Murphy said:

"This weeks announcement by the IICD and the July statement from the leadership of the IRA deal in a definitive way with any genuine concerns unionists had about republican intentions.

"The decision of the IRA to formally end its armed campaign and put its weapons beyond use offers all of us an unprecedented opportunity to move forward collectively into a new future.

"The unionist political leadership need to grasp this opportunity in the time ahead and end the stalling and prevaricating. The process of change can only be advanced it can not be turned back." ENDS

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