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Talks with PUP welcome but UVF death threats to nationalists must be addressed

25 April, 2007

Sinn Fein Justice spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has welcomed today's talks between the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and PUP leader Dawn Purvis and said that he hoped that the recent death threats from the UVF to well over 100 republicans and nationalists in North would top the agenda at the talks.

Deputy Ó Snodiagh said:

"While the talks today between the Taoiseach and the PUP leader Dawn Purvis are obviously welcome they come against the back drop of a significant threat from the UVF to over 100 nationalists and a continuing refusal by that organisation to engage with the IICD and deal with the issue of arms.

"Over the course of the past 10 days details of a UVF intelligence gathering operation involving a member of the PSNI Administrative team and a serving member of the RIR have been gradually exposed.

"Well over 100 nationalists and republicans including Sinn Fein members and senior figures in the GAA in South Derry have been informed of a significant threat to their lives from the UVF. This is completely unacceptable and is an issue which needs to top the agenda at today's talks between the Taoiseach and PUP leader Dawn Purvis.

"All of us clearly want to help loyalist communities to move forward and play their part in creating a new society on this island. However this will not happen while unionist paramilitary gangs heavily involved in drugs, extortion and other criminality continue operate. These issues cannot be ducked at today's talks or in the future as we move towards the political institutions going live on May 8th." ENDS

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