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SDLP support for IMC latest departure from GFA

30 January, 2006

Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh & South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew today accused the SDLP of departing further from the Good Friday Agreement in their support for the IMC exercising a role in the political process.

Ms Gildernew said:

"In recent weeks with public admissions by senior SDLP MLAs that they are looking at options short of the rights and entitlements demanded by the Good Friday Agreement and ongoing discussions with the DUP and UUP on these proposals the SDLP have clearly been moving away from the Agreement and towards some watered down option favoured by unionism.

"Their support for the IMC exercising a role over the political process is another step along this road. The IMC are no part of the Good Friday Agreement. They are a tool of British securocrats and those opposed to further political and policing change. They are attempting to exercise a veto over the democratic rights of the people. This is completely unacceptable and the SDLP support for this organisation will anger many nationalists and republicans.

"The SDLP have no mandate to try and water down the demands of the Good Friday Agreement. Sinn Féin as the lead nationalist party will continue to defend the Good Friday Agreement from attack by rejectionist unionism, British securocrats or elements of the SDLP." ENDS

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