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Sinn Féin MP hosting Kurdish New Year celebrations in Westminster

6 March, 2013 - by Westminster

Sinn Fein MP for Newry Armagh, Conor Murphy, will be in London this Thursday (March 7th) to host the Kurdish community's New Year celebrations in the House of Commons. He will also visit the Venezuelan embassy in London, to sign the public book of condolence for President Hugo Chavez, who died on 5 March.

Mr Murphy said:

"I'm delighted to be hosting the Newroz (New Year) celebrations in Westminster. Across London, the traditions of Newroz are kept alive by the large Kurdish community there. Each year, events such as tonight's provide a wonderful opportunity for Kurdish families and others to come together and celebrate their rich culture and heritage in a city that has offered them refuge from continuing political and cultural repression in Turkey."

 He continued,

"I would also like to emphasize the importance of the renewal of the `peace talks' and the need for a lasting solution; any such political solution must include all legitimate representatives of the Kurds, in particular Abdullah Ocalan".

 Mr Murphy who will also sign the Book of Condolences at the Venezuelan Embassy, to the family of President Hugo Chavez and the people of Venezuela on behalf of Sinn Féin said,

"I had the privilege of being in Venezuela as one of the international observers during last year's Presidential election. On behalf of Sinn Féin I extend sincere condolences to Vice-President Nicolás Maduro, to the people and government f Venezuela and to the family of President Hugo Chavez.

“President Chavez worked tirelessly to improve the lives of Venezuelan citizens. He dedicated himself to a new and radical society in Venezuela. His progressive social and economic changes took millions out of poverty. He extended free health care and rducation for all citizens and his re-election last year with a huge majority was testament to his vision. I will be extending the sympathies of Sinn Féin at the Venezuelan Embassy in London and signing the Book of Condolences on our behalf."

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