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Gildernew - British fixation with Unionists must end

12 August, 2003

Sinn Féin Fermanagh South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew has warned the British government not to become further fixated by the goings on within unionism and the UUP in particular.Her call comes after it emerged that the disciplinary action against Jeffery Donaldson and other rejectionist MPs will drag on for weeks if not months.

Ms Gildernew said:

"Nationalists and republicans are sick of the entire peace process and the implementation of the Agreement in particular becoming tied to the goings on within unionism.

"People voted across this island for a package of changes, a package which promised equality and a level playing field for nationalists for the first time since partition. They did not vote for the amount of change which the UUC or other wings of unionism feel they can accept.

"The British government must end its fixation with the internal dynamics of the UUP and instead focus on delivering upon its commitments under the Good Friday Agreement. That means setting a date for the cancelled Assembly election and it means re-establishing the political institutions which anchor this process." ENDS

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