British must end their military campaign - Ó Caoláin
Speaking in South Armagh, Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caolain said the British must end their military campaign in Ireland and close all their bases and spyposts. Following the discovery earlier in the week of a document exposing the extent of British Army spying on the local community, Ó Caoláin called on the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and the Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern to press the British to end this violation of civil rights.
The Sinn Féin Dáil leader was speaking at the annual commemoration for Volunteers Brendan Burns and Brendan Moley in South Armagh on Sunday 26 February. During the course of his oration he stated:
"The IRA has formally ended its armed campaign, a brave decision, a very difficult decision for many Republicans. But the British Army, MI5 and the RUC Special Branch within the PSNI have yet to end their military campaign. The Taoiseach and the Foreign Affairs Minister Dermot Ahern should place further pressure on the British government to bring about the complete demilitarization of this area and of the entire Six Counties."
Referring to current talks, he said:
"In the months to come we will engage again with the two governments and the other political parties to attempt to restore the Good Friday Agreement. That is the only purpose of the talks. Nothing less will be acceptable.
"Will the two Governments allow the DUP a veto on the process? This we will oppose and we will demand that the two Governments move forward and implement the Agreement. There can be no going back.
"Whatever the outcome of the current talks, such as they are, the equality agenda must move forward. Demilitarisation must proceed. There must be a new beginning to policing. People in these Six Counties have a right to representation in the Oireachtas. On all these issues and more Sinn Féin will mobilize and campaign and we will never rest until each and every one of them is won." ENDS