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Tuesday, April 28, 1998 Published at 12:41 GMT 13:41 UK

Hume: 'Vote for hope'
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John Hume (left): Vote "with pride, privilige and purpose"

The nationalist SDLP has launched its campaign for a yes vote in the referendum on the Northern Ireland peace deal.

John Hume launches the SDLP's yes campaign
Party leader John Hume said the peace document involved all sections of Irish society and served all sections of the community. He said a yes vote was a vote for people's hopes rather than their fears.

The public will get the chance to decide on the Good Friday peace agreement in a referendum next month.

Mr Hume recommended the deal to every voter north and south. He said it was good for all sections of the Irish community.

Speaking in Belfast he said: "People can vote for this historic agreement with a sense of privilege, a sense of pride and a real sense of purpose."

Looking forward to the May 22 referendum Mr Hume said he believed the result would be a resounding vote in favour of the deal.

He said: "In this campaign the SDLP are not asking the people to vote for our party or against another party, but to vote for themselves and their children by voting positively and decisively for their hopes rather than their fears."

ANC visit

He launched his party's support for a yes vote as members of South Africa's governing ANC party arrived in Belfast.

The group, led by former ANC Secretary General, Cyril Ramaphosa, was making the trip at the request of Sinn Fein and the British Labour Party.

It is believed the ANC delegation will also visit the Maze Prison, to meet prisoners, and Dublin, where the delegation will address a public meeting.

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