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McLaughlin Resolving Crisis - Collective Responsibility

27 September, 2003

Speaking after a meeting of the National Election Strategy Group in Dublin, Sinn Féin Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin said:

" This mornings meeting of the National Electoral Strategy group was the first since Gerry Adams put the party on an election footing last week. Feedback from across the island was positive and preparations for the Assembly election are at an advanced stage.

" Clearly in recent months much of our focus has been on getting the British government to call an Assembly election. This has not yet happened and remains a priority. However there are a range of other issues which need to be addressed if the current crisis in the process is to be resolved and confidence is to be restored. We all know what these issues are - transfer of powers on policing and justice, demilitarisation, equality and human rights and the sustainability of the political institutions.

" Resolving the current crisis in the process is not simply a matter for republicans alone. It is a collective responsibility on all of us including the unionists and British government. Sinn Féin are committed to seeing these matters resolved and seeing the Agreement implemented in full and we will continue with our intensive engagements with the two governments and the other parties in the coming period." ENDS

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