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McLaughlin - Irish government need to make it clear - No DUP veto

29 January, 2004


Speaking today from Dublin where the Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle is meeting, party Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin said that 'the Irish government needed to make it clear to the DUP at today's talks that they will not be allowed to veto the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.'

Mr. McLaughlin said:

"The Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle is meeting today in Dublin to discuss the commencement of the Review next week and to finalise arrangements for the Ard Fheis at the end of February.

"Also today an Irish government delegation led by the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern will meet with the DUP in London. While all dialogue is welcome, it is vital that the Irish government make it clear to the DUP that the Review process is just that, a review. It is not a renegotiation of the Good Friday Agreement and it will not be allowed to become one.

"They need to impress upon Mr. Paisley and his delegation that the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and the advances required across a range of issues including Human Rights, Demilitarisation, Equality and Policing cannot and will not be allowed to be vetoed by the DUP."ENDS

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