[Sinn Fein]

16th September 2002

SDLP seeking cover for mistake on policing

Responding to remarks made this morning by SDLP Policing Board member Alex Atwood accusing Sinn Fein of changing its position regarding the British government's policing structures the party spokesperson on Policing Gerry Kelly said:

``Week in week out we have been reading statement after statement from Alex Atwood and others accusing Sinn Fein of changing its position on policing. It is clear that the SDLP are seeking cover for the mistake they have made accepting less than the new beginning required by the Good Friday Agreement.

``The gaps between the current policing arrangements and the requirements of the Agreement and the Patten threshold remain significant. This is unacceptable.

``Sinn Fein will detail these again for the two governments when we make a submission to Jane Kennedy before the end of the month as part of the Review announced after Weston Park.''

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