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McDonald - Equality agenda must be at the heart of inter-community relations

22 January, 2003

Sinn Féin delegate to the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation.Marylou McDonald speaking at today's session dealing with inter community relations has said:

"To try and suggest that the northern statelet was some kind of benign apartheid state is to turn reality on its head.".

She went on to say "Intercommuity relations cannot be crudely reduced to a matter of Protestant versus Catholic, it is a matter a fundamental social rights. There is a need to embrace the equality agenda and to adopt universal rights, as the Good Friday Agreement demands, across a range of issues including policing. These rights are due to all citizens whether they are Protestant or Catholic."ENDS

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