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Kelly welcomes McBride meeting

11 August, 2003

North Belfast Sinn Féin representative Gerry Kelly has welcomed today's meeting between Jean McBride and British Minister John Spellar.

Mr Kelly said:

" The McBride family had been keen to meet with Mr Spellar given his role in the Army Board which retained the killers of Peter McBride in the British Army after their murder convictions. Initially Mr Spellar had refused to meet with the McBride family.

" This was an issue which was of concern to nationalists in general and Sinn Féin in particular given that his responsibilities covered Human Rights. We raised this with Mr Spellar and his office on a number of occasions. I welcome the fact that a meeting between Mr Spellar and the McBride family has now taken place.

" Sinn Féin will continue to raise the case of Peter McBride with the British government at every opportunity." ENDS

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