[Sinn Fein]

28th July 1999

Ferris welcomes stance on PFP

Sinn Fein Councillor for Kerry County Council Martin Ferris has welcomed the stance made by Cllr Brian O'Leary on the Partnership For Peace referendum.

Cllr Ferris said:

``It is encouraging to see that there are some Finna Failmembers still standing by their pre-election promises and are actually calling on their own leadership for a referendum on this so-called Partnership for peace.

Cllr Ferris has reiterated the party's call for a referendum on Ireland's potential membership of the NATO -sponsored Partnership for peace.

``Ireland's possible or potential membership of the NATO-Sponsored PFP is an issue of huge importance to the people of this country. Sinn Fein is absolutely and unequivocally opposed to Ireland's membership of the so-called Partnership for Peace. We utterly reject the idea of any connection to NATO with its' nuclear arsenal, its' links to the immoral and destructive western arms industry and its role as self-appointed `World Policeman'' That any moves in this direction could be taken without consulting the Irish people is, we believe, totally unacceptable.

Both the Irish government and the mainstream politcal parties should immediately signal their intention to bring forward and support a referendum on this vital issue without delay.''

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