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McGuinness - Onus On The Two Governments

16 December, 2003

Commenting today as the DUP prepare to meet with the British Prime Minister Tony Blair in London, Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness said that there was 'a clear onus on the two governments to ensure that the process of change is not allowed to be stalled any further'.

Mr McGuinness said:

" Sinn Féin will meet with both the Irish and British governments tomorrow in London. We will once again be raising with them the outstanding commitments which they have yet to implement, including measures on policing, demilitarisation, criminal justice, human rights and equality. We will also make it clear to them that the continued suspension of the political institutions is both unacceptable and untenable.

" In the New Year there will be a clear onus on the two governments and the pro-Agreement parties to come together and ensure that the process of change is not allowed to be stalled any further. We need to see the Good Friday Agreement implemented and implemented in full. We want to see the entire Good Friday Agreement package delivered upon. This is our focus in the time ahead." ENDS

Editors Note: The Sinn Féin Delegation will be led by Party President Gerry Adams MP and will include Martin McGuinness MP, Mary Lou McDonald, Cavan Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin and Sinn Féin London Representative Dodie McGuinness.

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