[Sinn Fein]

11 December 2000

President Clinton move on deportees welcomed

Sinn Fein National Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin MLA has welcomed the announcement by President Clinton that the United States administration will not proceed with deportation proceedings against nine republican former prisoners currently residing in the USA.

Mr McLaughlin said:

``This move by the US administration is a welcome one.

``It shows again President Clinton's commitment to a process of conflict resolution in which all of the outstanding matters such as the deportees need to be addressed satisfactorily.''

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