[Sinn Fein]

10th June 2003

Kelly calls for removal of all British forces including the RIR

Commenting in advance of David Trimble's meeting with British Defence Minister Geoff Hoon in London today, Sinn Fein spokesperson on Policing and Justice Gerry Kelly said:

"Sinn Fein's position has been both clear and consistent.  We want the removal from the six counties of all British forces  including the RIR.

"The RIR are first and foremost a unionist militia.  Conflict resolution inevitable involves the removal of the RIR.  Many nationalists, victims of the UDR and RIR, will want to know why Mr. Trimble is in London today demanding the retention of this force.  

"Sinn Fein will oppose any moves by the British government to dilute the Joint Declaration as part of a further exercise in pandering to negative and rejectionist unionism. ENDS

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