[Sinn Fein]

30th September 2002

Policing submission handed to British government

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP speaking this afternoon at Stormont after the party made a submission to the British government on the policing issue said:

``Sinn Fein today made a submission to the British government on the issue of Policing. In the course of this week we will be publishing our submission.

``If there is a will it is possible that the Review of Policing legislation could herald the new beginning to Policing as set out in the Good Friday Agreement.

``It is my position that this could be better achieved by the restoration of the consensus around Policing that once underpinned the Sinn Fein/SDLP/Irish government approach.

``I welcome John Reid's assertion today that he is going to proceed with legislative amendments despite the UUPs threat to come off the Policing Board.

``Dr. Reid, however, knows that the Weston Park proposals fall short of what is required. In a sentence that is for a politicised and accountable civic policing service.''

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