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UVF Flag Flying From Bessbrook Barracks

24 July, 2003


South Armagh Sinn Féin Cllr. Pat McGinn has demanded an explanation from the Security Minister Jane Kennedy after a UVF Flag was hoisted on the British Army base in Bessbrook.

Cllr. McGinn

"A UVF Flag has appeared on the British Army base in Bessbrook. It is attached to one of the stanchions used to support spy cameras at the military complex. It must be stressed that this flag is in such a position that the only people who could have erected it were those within the base.

It has now remained in position for a number of weeks.

" Jane Kennedy should now publicly explain to the people of South Armagh why this flag has been erected and by who and why it has not been removed. She should also spell out what action she will be taking after this serious incident.

" We have known for many years that British state forces have shared information, weapons and membership with the unionist paramilitaries. It is however unusual for such a public display of collusion to be put on display."

ENDS

Editors Note: Copies of a photograph showing the UVF Flag flying from Bessbrook British Army Base are available from the Sinn Féin Press Office.

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