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Rejectionists cannot place stranglehold on progress

3 December, 2003


Speaking in advance of an address to the Historical Society in Trinty College, Dublin tonight, Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP said that 'the minority rejectionist position must not be allowed to place a stranglehold on future progress'.

Mr McGuinness said:

"In last weeks election almost half a million people voted for pro-Agreement parties. That is 70% of the total electorate. Their voice must be heard and not drowned out by the rejectionist camp who gained around 30% of the votes.

"It is my belief that a way can be found through the current difficulties. But I am a realist. We have since the election sought meetings with the Taoiseach and the British Prime Minister and the other parties. We need to build a pro-Agreement axis which will either compel the DUP into the institutions or, if they refuse, will leave them behind.

"But the increase in the DUP vote first and foremost poses a challenge for the British government.

"The DUP can refuse to participate in the institutions, that is up to them. But they cannot be allowed to veto the other elements of the Agreement. It is therefore up to Mr Blair along with Mr Ahern to proceed with their commitments on the other outstanding matters. The minority rejectionist position must not be allowed to place a stranglehold on future progress " ENDS

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