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South African Minister to visit north

18 October, 2005

South African Minister of Intelligence Ronnie Kasrils will visit the north of Ireland on the 24th, 25th and 26th of October on the invitation of Sinn Féin as part of the party's Cead Bliain centenary celebrations by the Six County Cuige (Executive).

Speaking ahead of the visit Sinn Fein Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP said:

"Sinn Féin are delighted that someone of Ronnie Kasrils experience in struggle, negotiations, in government and in the politics of transformation will share his experiences with people here.

"We now have an unprecedented opportunity to resolve our deep seated conflict - an opportunity for progress that should not be lost.

"There are valuable insights that we can draw from the South African experience as we try and rebuild the momentum in the Irish peace process but conflict resolution and the process of political transformation require that we all come to the table to work out a way forward.

"Of course there are people who are opposed to change. But these people have nothing to offer the future. They are still transfixed with the failed politics of the past and the politics of domination and conflict. As South Africa has shown conflict can be transformed and stability built but only upon the basis of equality, inclusion and co-operation." ENDS

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