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Orde admission shows convergence of interest between British State and Unionist paramilitaries

15 February, 2006

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing issues Gerry Kelly today said that the admission from Hugh Orde that MI5 will not conduct operations against unionist paramilitaries is an admission that there is a convergence of interest between the British State and the unionist paramilitaries.

Mr Kelly said:

“PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde yesterday admitted that MI5 operating in the six counties would not be involved in activity against unionist paramilitaries because they did not pose a threat to British national security.

“Unionist paramilitaries have killed over 1000 people in the past 30 years and by anyone’s standard clearly pose a threat. The truth of the matter is that MI5 are not used against unionist paramilitaries because there is a convergence of interest between them and the British State interest. This reality provides the rational for collusion and for the control and manipulation of the unionist death squads by the British State.

“MI5 operations in Ireland are unacceptable. It has long since past the time that the British government followed the approach adopted by the IRA and commit themselves to solely peaceful and democratic activity.” ENDS

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