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Venezuela was present at the London conference: 'Putting Irish Unity on the Agenda' organized by Ireland's Sinn Fein political party.

Leaflets advertising next March's event at Bolivar Hall, "Venezuela under threat" were to be found on every seat in the main conference hall at the Trades Union Congress building in Great Russell Street (London).

Members of the Venezuelan Solidarity Committee (VSC) attended the conference and, interestingly enough, among the speakers there were many who have attended solidarity events at Bolivar Hall over the years.

Members of Parliament (MPs), who support Venezuela, such as Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell were speakers ... Colin Burgon (MP) should have been there, but he couldn't come.

Around 500 people turned up and I expect a lot of them wanted to hear Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness speak, but both had problems preventing them from getting to London.

The conference was directed towards spurring the Irish diaspora in the UK into action through a campaign aimed at getting the British political parties to accept the inevitable, namely that the future of the island of Ireland is something the Irish, both green and orange, have to sort out for themselves.

During his opening speech, Sinn Fein MP Pat Doherty argued that a united Ireland makes sense for the Protestant sector of the North. In the UK they make up just 2% of the population, while in a unified Ireland they would make up 20% and a greater voice.

A new Ireland, he continued, must address their fears and concerns and their sense of "Britishness."

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The latest Hillsborough agreement between Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) solved the contentious issue of traditional Orange parades or marches with Sinn Fein recognizing their place in the new Ireland, if the marches are undertaken with respect and not used as in the past to create trouble and violence.

What was interesting and taken as a step forward was the fact that the two sides reached an agreement without the mediation of the British and thus, taking further power away from the British.

Like the Venezuelan parliamentary group of friends of Venezuela, there is a British-Irish parliamentary group under Lord Alf Dubs, who stated that the Irish Diaspora in the UK could exercise greater political influence as it does in the USA and that in the end there should be a referendum on the island of Ireland to decide the future.

Friend of Venezuela, Ken Livingstone spoke about the need for a peace process to be short and questioned the UK and indeed the European Union's diminishing role as world players.

John McDonnell MP was the only speaker to mention the word Socialist in the whole conference and called for joint actions between protestants, catholics and UK workers in response to the economic and social crisis.

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Sinn Fein negotiator at Hillsborough, Conor Murphy closed the conference admitting that there are still talks and agreements to reach on settle on taxation, broadcasting and sovereignty and the implementation of aspects of the Good Friday agreement (1998).

Sinn Fein, he said, would like to have Britain as a neighbor and not an occupying force.

The conclusion is that the issue of Irish reunification and reconciliation has NOT be been solved, as the British media are trying to convince the world and will only be resolved when Britain leaves Ireland for good.

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