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13 July 2000 Edition

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Bomb an attack on process

Speaking after a bomb attack in Stewartstoewn, County Tyrone, on Sunday, 9 July, Sinn Féin Education Minister Martin McGuinness said: ``This morning's bomb was a deliberate attack on the peace process. The timing on the mornin of the Drumcree march will be seen as a deliberate provocation. It was carried out by people of no credinbility who are opposed to this process. They are locked in the past and have nothing to offer the future.

``It is an ironic fact that the Orange Order, the unionist rejectionists and the group that planted this bomb are working to the same agenda. We must do all we can to ensure that they are not allowed to succeed.''

Martin McGuinness has also called for end to attacks on Orange halls. Speaking after an arson attack on Kilrea Orange Hall, he said that such attacks have no place in republican politics. The Mid-Ulster MP said:''Damage caused to the property belonging to the Orange Order lends nothing useful to the current situation.

``I wish to state clearly that activity of this nature is sectarian, it is counter-productive, and it runs contrary to republican thinking. I appeal to anyone inclined towards such activity to immediately desist.''
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