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Sinn Féin welcome British retreat from last hilltop spypost

5 July, 2006


Sinn Féin Assembly member for Newry and Armagh and the party spokesperson on demilitarisation Davy Hyland has welcomed the news that the British Army will have retreated from their remaining hilltop spy post in South Armagh by next week.

Mr Hyland said:

"I have been informed by the British government that the British Army will have retreated from their last hilltop spy post in South Armagh by next week. The land occupied by the Forkhill post will then return to its rightful owners.

"It is obviously welcome that the British government have finally got round to honouring their commitments regarding removing their war apparatus from our community. However outstanding issues do still remain. Chief amongst these is the need for the British government to return the occupied land to its rightful owners.

"Currently there are moves afoot by the Policing Board and the PSNI to steal land currently occupied by the British military in Crossmaglen, thereby preventing its return it its rightful owners. This is unacceptable and Sinn Féin have raised this matter with both governments." ENDS

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