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Blair played a positive role in Irish Peace Process

10 May, 2007

Sinn Féin Mid Ulster MP Martin McGuinness commenting on the announcement from British Prime Minster Tony Blair that he will leave office shortly has said that many will recognise Mr Blair's positive contribution to the development of the Peace Process here.

Mr McGuinness said:

"As an Irish republican I am committed to challenging the approach of the British government here and ending their presence in this part of Ireland.

"We have consistently challenged the approach of the British government in Ireland, particularly on the refusal to tackle the issue of British state collusion and the murder of citizens here. We have also made clear out total opposition to the war in Iraq.

"But I think everyone will recognise the positive contribution that Tony Blair has made to the development of the Irish Peace Process. In this he was qualitatively different from all of his predecessors." ENDS

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