11 February 2001
Policing Prize can still be achieved
Sinn Fein Vice President and Assembly member for West Tyrone Pat Doherty speaking in Strabane this afternoon said ``there has been some progress in relation to policing during the current talks between Sinn Fein and the British and Irish governments but it is important that all those genuinely committed to a new beginning to policing stay focused on this issue and continue to work together to ensure that we achieve more progress and reach that vital goal.''
Mr. Doherty said:
``During the current talks between Sinn Fein and the British and Irish governments there has been some limited progress in relation to policing but it is not enough.
``However it is still possible to achieve a new policing service which reflects the goals set out in the Good Friday Agreement and which is supported by the whole community. And this can best be achieved if all of those interested in achieving a new policing service stay focused and continue to work together.
``It is important that we get the issue of policing right. We have waited 80 years for a proper policing service. That is the prize we must win.''ENDS
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