The Foreign Minister of the Irish Republic Michael O'Kennedy has condemned Irish guerrillas for their campaign of violence.
SV Irish Republic's Foreign Minister Michael O'Kennedy speaking in English (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: KENNEDY: "The deep yearning for peace and stable progress, is overwhelmingly more representative of the feelings of the great majority of Irish people, than the reactions of a violent few. It is a tragedy that these positive forces have not yet been focused through acceptable political structures in Northern Ireland. The newly-elected British government have given repeated indications that they are aware of the need for a fresh political initiative, in relation to Northern Ireland. Such a initiative is essential and urgent, if constructive politics are to prevail there. The absence of such politics in recent years, has left a void which has all too clearly served the strategy of the men of violence. It goes without saying that a political initiative, to be fruitful, must take adequate account of the rights and aspirations of both communities, and lead to partnership with political institutions, acceptable to both communities. In face of the tragic history, and cost of the Northern Ireland conflict, every move along the road which contributes, even to a small degree, to the growth of trust and reconciliation, is an important gain and cannot be ignored. The Irish government welcomes the recognition by the British government of the need for political progress in Northern Ireland. There is an urgent need for initiative on the part of the British government to mobilise the constructive political energies of both communities in Northern Ireland. My government, for its part, will be ready to respond to such a development. Our policy is clear, and I would like to restate it here. We want to see partnership in Northern Ireland and reconciliation between the people of Ireland. And we will do everything open to us to help bring this about."
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Background: The Foreign Minister of the Irish Republic Michael O'Kennedy has condemned Irish guerrillas for their campaign of violence. Addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations, on Wednesday (25 September), he said the guerrillas would shrink from no crime in their deliberate campaign of provoking polarisation and confrontation. The Irish government is spending more on security than Britain, he said, and the two countries were cooperating closely to counter the violence. But the real solution lay i bringing together the two Northern Ireland communities.