[Sinn Fein]

10 September 1998

British Troops should be withdrawn from North

Sinn Fein Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin has described todays announcement that British troops are being withdrawn from Belfast as `insufficient' and `inadequate in terms of the British government's commitments under the Good Friday Agreement.''

Mr. McLaughlin said:

``The British Army should be immediately withdrawn from the north. Moreover Mr. Flannagan should note that his force, the RUC, is equally unacceptable to nationalists and it too should be withdrawn from nationalist and republican areas.

``With all but one of the armed groups on cessation there is now no excuse for hilltop posts or other British/RUC military installations, or for British troops in the north, or for special laws.

``In the Agreement Mr. Blair agreed to publish an `overall strategy' to tackle demilitarisation. This commitment has yet to be fulfilled.''ENDS

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