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Adams appeals for information on Charlie Armstrong

10 August, 2006

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams recently met the family of Charlie Armstrong who disappeared from his home in Crossmaglen 25 years ago this month.

Mr. Adams said:

"I welcome the recent decision by the Irish and British governments to implement the report of the forensic expert into the recovery of remains. Sinn Féin has been in constant discussion with the Irish government on this issue.

"There is only a relatively short period of time left in which the weather will permit detailed searches to take place. Mindful of the need not to unduly raise expectations among the families the Irish government should move speedily to ensure that where practical digs take place.

"Sinn Féin continues to work to secure the return of the remains of those who were killed and secretly buried by the IRA in the 1970s.

"We are also working on the cases of Charlie Armstrong and Gerard Evans. The IRA has denied playing any part in their disappearance. It is widely believed that both men are dead.

"I have previously appealed for anyone with information relating to these two men to come forward, either to me directly, or to the family or to anyone else who they have confidence in.

"August 16th is the 25th anniversary of Charlie Armstrong's disappearance. It has been a long, difficult and emotional time for his family.

"Their sole interest is in securing the return of Mr. Armstrong's remains. Mrs. Armstrong wants to give her husband a proper funeral and she and her family have an absolute right to do this.

"I therefore want to appeal again to anyone who might have the slightest bit of information which might help locate the remains of either Charlie Armstrong or Gerard Evans to come forward.

"They can do so in complete confidence to me, or to the family. If they wish to speak to someone else that too is fine. What is important is that anyone with information now makes that information available." ENDS

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