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Tuesday, April 21, 1998 Published at 12:01 GMT 13:01 UK




UDP attacks Paisley
image: [ Gary McMichael: Paisley and McCartney are trying to
Gary McMichael: Paisley and McCartney are trying to "unstitch the agreement"

Ulster Democratic Unionist leader Gary McMichael has attacked the Rev Ian Paisley's opposition to the Northern Ireland peace settlement.

Urging people to vote "yes" in the referendum on the deal on May 22, Mr McMichael criticised the Rev Paisley, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, and UK Unionist head Bob McCartney.


Gary McMichael attacks critics of the deal
"Unfortunately we have people like Paisley and McCartney here doing everything they can to unstitch the agreement.

"These people who are arguing against this agreement are people who abdicated their responsibilities at an early stage, who walked out of this process eight months ago," he said.

They had "done nothing to contribute towards providing any kind of alternative, to providing any answers to the questions which they hold and pose now", he added.


The BBC's Emma Kennedy: "Paramilitary pressure on UDP"
Party colleague David Adams said the UDP was backing the Stormont agreement, reached on Good Friday, despite doubts over certain aspects.

He accepted it would be surprising if any party was completely satisfied with every part of the settlement, adding: "That is the nature of compromise."

A key element for the UDP is the release on licence of paramilitary prisoners.

The deal has the support of Northern Ireland's biggest political party, the Ulster Unionists, as well as Sinn Fein leaders.








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