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Sinn Féin briefs MPs as Irish and British governments bring forward measures to resolve the issue of OTRs

9 November, 2005

Sinn Féin MP for Newry & Armagh Conor Murphy is in Westminster today briefing MPs from various parties as the Irish and British governments bring forward measures to resolve the issue of On The Runs

Speaking from Westminster Mr Murphy said:

"The British and Irish governments publicly recognised some years ago that an anomaly had arisen with the Good Friday Agreement prisoner release scheme regarding people displaced by the conflict who wished to return home. After
the Weston Park talks in 2001 the British and Irish governments agreed to bring forward the necessary arrangements in each jurisdiction to the resolve this issue.

"The legislation published today by the British government and the announcement by the Irish government should
resolve the cases of a very small number of people who wish to return home.

"In any conflict resolution process there are from time to time issues like this which quite clearly need to be tackled and addressed in a sensible fashion if we are to build confidence in the future.

"I took the opportunity while here in Westminster to brief a wide section of MPs from various parties on the importance for the wider conflict resolution process in resolving as speedily as possible and with minimal further confusion this issue in the time ahead." ENDS


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