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Sinn Féin MLA welcomes revelation that all British troops have vacated S. Armagh mountain post

15 May, 2006

Sinn Féin MLA for Newry and Armagh and the party's spokesperson on Demilitarisation Davy Hyland has today welcomed the news that the British Army has vacated a major military installation in South Armagh.

Mr Hyland said that the British Army withdrawal from the Faughil Mountain near Jonesboro would be "wholeheartedly welcomed by the local community".

Speaking today Mr Hyland said:

"It is my understanding that the British Army has finally left the Faughil Mountain near Jonesboro, South Armagh. All British troops stationed on the mountain left as of Friday last (12th May).

"I welcome this withdrawal from the South Armagh area. This base was a major military installation and overlooked most of South Armagh and North Louth and was a constant intrusion into the everyday lives of local people. No doubt the local community will also wholeheartedly welcome this news.

"My hope is that this latest withdrawal will provide the catalyst for the full and immediate removal of British troops and their weapons of war from South Armagh and indeed across the six counties." ENDS

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