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New US Appointment Welcomed

12 December, 2003

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP has welcomed the announcement by the US Administration that they are to replace the out going Special Envoy to Ireland Richard Haass with a new appointee Mr Mitchell B Reiss.

Mr McGuinness said:

" The decision to appoint a new Special Envoy to Ireland is a signal of ongoing commitment by the US Administration to the Irish peace Process. Ambassador Haass did play a positive role during his term and I wish him well in the future.

" I would like to congratulate Mr Reiss on his appointment and Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has already written to him. Sinn Féin look forward to meeting with Mr Reiss at the earliest opportunity." ENDS

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