[Sinn Fein]

9 September 1998

British government must `demilitarise'

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP this morning responded to remarks by the Deputy Chief Constable of the RUC, Colin Cramphon, in which the RUC Chief said that the RUC was going `through a period of change'.

Mr. Adams said:

``Changes in the RUC are not enough. The RUC is unacceptable. Reform is not an option. An entirely new and real policing service is required.

``The British government has delayed its programme of demilitarisation and indeed it has remilitarised.

``With all but one of the other armed groups on cessation there is now no excuse for the border posts, the omnipresent helicopters or the constant troops and RUC patrols in nationalist and republican areas.

``In the Agreement the British government signed up to publishing an `overall strategy' to tackle the `reduction' of British forces, the `removal of security installations', the `removal of emergency powers' and other `appropriate measures'.

``It is now time for that commitment to be honoured.''

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