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McLaughlin - Trimble's comments disappointing

25 September, 2003

Sinn Féin Chairperson, Mitchel Mc Laughlin responding to comments earlier this evening in Lurgan by David Trimble said:

"I am disappointed but not surprised at the defensive tone of Mr Trimble's comments.

"Earlier this week Gerry Adams urged the British and Irish governments to be 'reasonable and rational' about what could be achieved in the coming weeks. Perhaps Mr. Trimble should heed that advice also and recognise just how much common ground exists.

"The Sinn Féin position has been consistent; the GFA is as good as it can get for Unionists. Despite the challenges, if it is implemented in full, then all of us can look towards living in a society where there won't be any armed groups, including the IRA. We will have an entirely demilitarised and peaceful situation. What is there to fear in that or in a process based on Equality and Parity of Esteem?

"Of course we have also consistently argued that elections and the right to vote is a matter of political principle and that Mr Blair should not have cancelled the elections.

"Mr. Blair should now set a date for an autumn election so as to liberate the political process."ENDS

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