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Gildernew - Threats to DPP members will not bring the required progress on policing

11 September, 2003

Sinn Féin Fermanagh South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew commenting on the resignation of an independent member of the Fermanagh District Policing Partnership (DPP) after reported threats from dissident republicans has said that such threats will not bring about the required progress on policing.

Ms Gildernew said:

"A death threat to any one of my constituents is a matter of concern.

"Sinn Féin have consistently called on these micro groups to stop to disband. They have nothing to offer. They have no strategy for Irish reunification.

"While Sinn Féin is opposed to the current policing arrangements, threatening members will not bring about the changes required to reach the Patten threshold or signal that we finally have a new beginning to policing.

"It is Sinn Féin's commitment and determination to get the policing issue right that has incrementally moved us forward towards that new beginning but there is still some distance to go particularly on the issues of transfer of powers, democratic accountability, the Special Branch and the role of MI5.

"At present the reality is that the Policing Board and the DPP's do not have the power to hold the PSNI to account." ENDS

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