[Sinn Fein]

26th January 1999

Tories lead anti-agreement offensive

Statement from Sinn Fein spokesperson on Prisons, Gerry Kelly, accusing the Tory Party leadership of ``ganging up with anti-agreement unionists to wreck the peace process.''

Mr. Kelly said:

``The Tory party leadership, the anti-agreement unionists, the anti-republican group FAIT and the Orange Volunteers are now working together in an unholy alliance to wreck the Good Friday Agreement.

``This week we have witnessed a concerted campaign led by the Tories. They are running on selective issues which they care little about but which are highly emotionally charged and create problems for the peace process.

``The issue of prisoners releases, punishment beatings in nationalist areas and the relatives of those killed by British forces, are being latched onto by those opposed to the Good Friday Agreement. We all know the appalling record of the Tories when in office in terms of the peace process.

``The imperative now is for all those who support the Good Friday Agreement to stand together and oppose those who seek to wreck it or halt its implementation.''

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