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Maskey - Sinn Féin re-iterates opposition to IMC

7 January, 2004

South Belfast Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey has again repeated his party's opposition to the International Monitoring Commission which is established today. Mr Maskey said that the IMC 'ran totally contrary to the terms of the Good Friday Agreement'

Mr Maskey said:

"The International Monitoring Commission which comes into effect today is completely outside the terms of the Good Friday Agreement and will be used as a smokescreen to justify arbitrary acts of exclusion by the British government.

"Many nationalists are angered by the fact that the two governments have proceeded with this measure which is outside the terms of the Agreement while choosing to stall on their commitments across a range of issues including policing, demiltarisation, human rights and equality.

"The powers of exclusion which are now being granted to the British Secretary of State contradict democratic norms and contravene the rights of the electorate." ENDS

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