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Sinn Fein Comment On British Troop Reductions

17 January, 2006


Commenting on the reduction of British army personnel to 9,000 Sinn Féin Assembly member for Newry & Armagh and the party spokesperson on demilitarisation Davy Hyland today said:

“Any reduction in the number of Crown Forces on Irish soil is obviously a welcome development. However it says much about the attitude of the generals in Whitehall that 11 years after the first IRA cessation 9,000 British soldiers still remain in Ireland.

“The British government knows it has to deliver on demilitarisation and a welcome start was made in the months after the historic initiative by the IRA last July. However much more needs to be done.

“In addition to the removal of British troops from Ireland and returning them to their bases in England, the remainder of the British war machine in Ireland needs to be dismantled including the forts and spy posts and equally significantly the structures which were used to murder citizens through the control and manipulation of the loyalist death squads need to be removed.” ENDS

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