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British announce end to discrimination against Sinn Féin

19 October, 2005

Responding to the announcement by the British Secretary of State Peter Hain that the British government are to end the discrimination against Sinn Féin and our electorate through sanctions, South Belfast Assembly member Alex Maskey said:

" Sinn Féin is opposed to the IMC and to politically motivated sanctions against democratically elected politicians. The British government had no right to discriminate against any Irish political representative.

" Sanctions against Sinn Féin are undemocratic and motivated by a desire to prevent the further development of the party and prevent further electoral advances. They are unacceptable and should be removed.

" Sinn Féin will continue to oppose the role being played by the IMC and the political cover it seeks to give to the British government to discriminate against Irish political parties and their electorates." ENDS

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