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Sinn Féin comment on statement on Disappeared

3 August, 2006

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP has welcomed the decision by the British and Irish governments to retain the services of the forensic expert and implement the recommendations of his report into the recovery of the remains of people killed and secretly buried by the IRA.

The Sinn Féin leader also welcomed the briefing given to the families.

Mr. Adams said:

"I wrote to the Taoiseach in May and urged him to quickly conclude the government's deliberations on the forensic report and to inform the families of the outcome of this.

In his reply to me several weeks ago the Taoiseach said that the discussions between the Department of Justice, the NIO and the Commission for the Location of Victims Remains were close to conclusion. I welcome the fact that a decision has now been taken and the families informed of this.

"There is only a relatively short period of time left in which the weather will permit detailed searches to take place. Mindful of the need not to unduly raise expectations among the families the Irish government should move speedily to ensure that where practical digs take place.

"The suffering of these families has gone on too long. They have been victims of a grievous injustice done by Republicans. The IRA has acknowledged this and its engagement with the forensic expert, and the report he has now produced, is evidence of its determination to right this wrong.

"The IRA has said that it is not responsible for the disappearance of Charlie Armstrong or Gerard Evens. Anyone with any information on these two men should come forward to me or to their families." EMDS

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