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MP welcomes end of British Army occupation in South Armagh

30 March, 2007

Sinn Féin MP for Newry and Armagh Conor Murphy today said that people in South Armagh are delighted at the end of the British army occupation of their community will end tomorrow with the departure of the British Crown Forces from Crossmaglen.

Mr Murphy said:

"For over 30 years the community here in South Armagh has had to endure British Military occupation. Lands were stolen, communities were harassed and spy posts and other war apparatus blighted this area. Sinn Féin made the demilitarisation of Republican heartlands like South Armagh a political priority. We put this issue on the agenda and I am satisfied that the British Army occupation of South Armagh is now finally coming to an end.

"It is now important that lands previously occupied by the British are returned to their owners and that larger sites vacated by the Crown Forces are utilised for the benefit of the communities which have had to endure so much repression from the British Army throughout their unwelcome stay in South Armagh." ENDS

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