Belfast Telegraph

Friday 24 October 2014

Peace, not war, won Sinn Fein success at polls

I HOPE all participants go into the Haass talks with a view that violence, or the threat of violence, is wrong and would be counter-productive.

I hope they will agree with Pope Francis, speaking of the Syria crisis, that "violence and war are never the way to peace".

It might be easier if Sinn Fein signaled that they no longer attribute their success in the peace process to their violent campaign.

They should accept that a major factor in their increased vote comes from them abandoning their campaign of violence.

Attributing their success to "the war" is something they do at their peril. It will certainly set a precedent for others to copy.

JOHN O'CONNELL

Derry

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