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Sinn Féin meets with Richard Haass in Belfast

14 October, 2003


A Sinn Féin delegation led by party President Gerry Adams MP and including Martin McGuinness MP, Dr. Dara O'Hagan, Cllr. Philip McGuigan and Cllr. Alex Maskey, this morning met with US Special Envoy Richard Haass.

Speaking afterwards Alex Maskey said:

"We had a good, useful meeting with Mr. Haass. The US continues to play an important role in the peace process and Mr. Haass especially has remained very focused.

"Sinn Féin remains confident that elections will be held.

"Useful work has been done and we had positive engagements during our meetings in London. These are issues that need to be resolved including, for Sinn Féin, the vexed issue of the transfer of power on policing and justice.

"I remain hopeful that if the participants to the talks continue to apply ourselves collectively that we can bridge the gap and make progress."ENDS

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