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Sinn Fein set to continue Peace III campaign

18 July, 2005

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún is continuing the campaign for a Peace III
programme with a series of meetings throughout the Six Counties. Today Ms
de Brún is speaking at a PEACE III seminar hosted by Bogside & Brandywell
Initiative in Derry.

Ms de Brún will also be attend a lunch hosted by the BBI in The Gasyard, a
Civic Reception hosted by the Derry City Sinn Féin Mayor, Lynn Fleming and
will visit Cúnamh, a stress management/counselling organisation which
works with the victims of conflict and have assisted many people affected
by the trauma of Bloody Sunday.

Ms de Brún will also meet with a number of community organisations in the
Strathfoyle area.

Speaking from Derry today Ms de Brún said:

"Today is part of a series of meetings with people and groups working on
the ground tackling disadvantage, the legacy of the conflict and on
conflict resolution and peace building, often with the support of EU peace
funding. The current PEACE II extension will end next year.

"Sinn Fein have identified the need for a PEACE III programme and this
programme of outreach is part of a number of on-going initiatives and a
wider campaign to secure a PEACE III programme, and a bottom up approach
to its design and delivery.

"We have had a number of constructive engagements around PEACE funding and
it is clear that there is an identified need for continued support to
cover the period 2007 -2013. While we still have concerns about how
strongly the British government will pursue the case for a PEACE III, we
were encouraged that direct rule ministers at least understand the need
for continued peace funding and that laying the grounds for a successful
programme means you don't leave the planning to the last minute.

"It is vital that community based organizations are fully involved in the
design and implementation of the funding programmes with future funds to
be directed to the twin goals of reconciliation and social inclusion, in
order to combat the legacy of the conflict particularly for those most
marginalised in recent decades. It is particularly important that future
funds are distributed on the basis of need.

"PEACE I and PEACE II programmes have made an important contribution
towards the process of conflict resolution and community development. Both
the British and Irish Governments must commit themselves to helping secure
additional funding for the period 2007 - 2013.

"I have visited a number of community groups who have benefited from this
funding to see first hand the benefits that have arisen from EU support
for peace and reconciliation. Sinn Féin is keen to see that practical
support for the peace process continued and built upon in the coming
years." ENDS

Note to Editors

Ms de Brún will speak at a PEACE III seminar hosted by the Training for
Women Network at the PlayBoard Offices in Belfast on Tuesday 19th July and
a similar event hosted by the Falls Community Council in West Belfast on
Friday 22nd July.

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