[Sinn Fein]

9th January 2002

Let IICD do its job

Sinn Fein Assembly member Gerry Kelly commenting on the extension of the legislation concerning decommissioning in Westminster today said:

``The issue of arms is now back where it always should have been, with General de Chastelain and the IICD. That is what the Good Friday Agreement prescribed and they should now be allowed to get on with their work.

``The Tories and the unionists who are attempting today to scupper the process in Westminster are at one end of the scale, at the other end of which are the loyalist gangs who are engaging in nightly attacks on Catholic homes.

``Yet in the face of this loyalist campaign we have had at best ambivalence form the unionist political establishment? Those MPs attempting to block this measure should get real and stop attempting to do the job of the IICD.''

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