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06 April 2005

United States Welcomes Sinn Fein Call for IRA To Abandon Violence

"We await concrete actions by the IRA to support the policy," Boucher says

The United States welcomes the April 6 statement issued by Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams calling for the Irish Republican Army (IRA) “to renounce violence and rely on purely political and democratic means,” according to State Department spokesman Richard Boucher.

“We await concrete actions by the IRA to support the policy advocated by Mr. Adams,” said Boucher.

Following is the text:

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
April 6, 2005

STATEMENT BY RICHARD BOUCHER, SPOKESMAN

U.S. RESPONSE TO SINN FEIN STATEMENT

We welcome today's statement issued by Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams.  We are strongly encouraged by his call for the Irish Republican Army (IRA) to renounce violence and rely on purely political and democratic means.  We await concrete actions by the IRA to support the policy advocated by Mr. Adams.  Respect for the rule of law is an essential element of the democratic society that Mr. Adams has outlined.  We strongly endorse this vision and once again call for all paramilitary activity and criminality to cease.  The United States remains steadfast in its support for the peace process.

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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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