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Sinn Féin determined to deliver policing vision

23 February, 2007

Responding to claims by the DUPs Sammy Wilson that his party had 'destroyed'
Sinn Féin's vision of policing, party spokesperson Gerry Kelly said:

"The Sinn Féin vision of Policing is very clear. We want to see created a policing service which is democratically accountable and enjoys the confidence and support of the community it serves. It was Sinn Féin who brought the policing issue into the political negotiations in the first instance. Given the fact that the starting point for this project was a discredited paramilitary force like the RUC the progress we have achieved in
recent years has been significant.

"Contrast this with the approach of the DUP. Their position was clear. They wanted to maintain the RUC. They wanted to maintain the UDR. They wanted to maintain the Special Branch. In short they wanted to maintain the Status Quo. They failed on all counts.

"The progress we have achieved in recent years in a series of political negotiations brought us to the point last month when the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis took its historic decision. There are clearly some issues to be resolved. But as always we will approach these with a determination to move forward and deliver on the potential that now exists. We will not let Sammy Wilson or anyone else previously wedded to the old RUC agenda to stop us in this important work." ENDS

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