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SDLP justify cancellation of elections

6 October, 2003


Sinn Féin Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin responding to remarks made by the SDLP Deputy Leader Brid Rodgers blaming republicans for the crisis in the process said that 'it was disappointing that the SDLP had now moved onto the ground of justifying the cancellation of the elections in line with the position taken by their sister party the British Labour party and the unionists'.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"I read Brid Rodger's comments blaming republicans for the crisis in the peace process. She claims that republicans have not moved. Where exactly has Brid Rodgers been over the past ten years and over the past year in particular?

"Last May Tony Blair posed three questions. Gerry Adams answered them. The British then demanded that Gerry Adams say 'will' instead of 'should'. He did this and that was not enough either, they went ahead and cancelled the Assembly elections.

"It is disappointing that the SDLP and Brid Rodger's have now moved onto the ground of justifying the cancellation of the elections in line with the position taken by their sister party the British Labour party and the unionists. It is a position which is completely out of line with nationalist and republican opinion on the island." ENDS

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