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Adams: Outstanding St. Andrews issues need to be resolved

2 June, 2008


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams today said that there was a need to resolve the outstanding St. Andrews Agreement issues including the transfer of powers on policing and justice and an Irish Language Act.

Mr. Adams said:

"Eighteen months ago the two governments and all the political parties including the DUP accepted that the St. Andrews Agreement was the basis upon which the political institutions were put back in place.

The St. Andrews Agreement set out a number of commitments and obligations which have to be honoured. These include the transfer of powers on policing and justice which was to be concluded by May and an Irish Language Act. These are key issues of democratic accountability and equality.

Progress has been made over the course of the past 12 months in bedding down the political institutions. It is Sinn Féins intention that this work is built upon in the time ahead including progress on the outstanding issues. We continue to be involved in detailed discussions aimed at achieving this. That is our focus at this time." Críoch

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