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Kelly - Welcome for SDLP U-turn on MI5

21 December, 2006

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing Gerry Kelly has today welcomed the SDLP U-turn on the issue of MI5 involvement in the North. Mr Kelly's comments come after SDLP MLA Alex Attwood today criticised the proposals put forward on this issue at St. Andrews after previously supporting them.

Speaking after today's meeting of the Programme for Government Policing sub group at Stormont Mr Kelly said:

"At St. Andrews the SDLP claimed the British proposals on MI5 as a victory. They argued for merging the PSNI into MI5. Sinn Féin is against that approach.

"I am pleased that the SDLP have done a U-turn on this issue with Alex Attwood acknowledging today that the position put forward at St. Andrews was unworkable.

"Sinn Féin wants to see an end to MI5 involvement in Ireland. We want no role for MI5 in civic policing. In the new beginning to policing which Sinn Féin is trying to achieve there will be no place for political policing, or collusion or for a return to a force within a force." ENDS

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