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Sinn Féin response to latest IMC report

26 April, 2006


Responding to the latest report from the IMC, Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness today said that "the IMC have no positive or constructive role to play in the peace process and have in the past provided the pretext for political discrimination against democratically elected politicians".

Mr McGuinness said:

"The IMC were established outside the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

"In our view the IMC have no positive or constructive role to play in the peace process. In fact, they have provided the pretext for political discrimination against democratically elected politicians.

"As predicted today's report from the IMC, like those before, is top heavy with allegations, but completely devoid of any evidence to back them up. In the past Sinn Féin have challenged the two governments to substantiate specific incidents which the IMC have referred to. They have never been able to do so. Sinn Féin are continuing to challenge the legitimacy of this body in the courts.

"The IRA has fulfilled all of the commitments made in the historic statement of July 28th. They have addressed unionist concerns and removed any further excuse for non-engagement. The DUP must now decide if they want to come on board the peace process and see the reestablishment of the political institutions in the immediate time ahead. There are no excuses left for not moving forward." ENDS

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