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Sinn Féin meets new US Envoy

3 February, 2004


A Sinn Féin delegation consisting of Gerry Adams, Martin McGuinness and Bairbre de Brún today met with the US Special Envoy Mitchell Reiss in the Culloden Hotel in Belfast. Speaking after the meeting Ms de Brún said:

"We met with Mr Reiss this morning as part of our ongoing engagement with the two governments, the other parties and the US Administration. This was Mr Reiss' first visit to Ireland since he replaced Richard Hass as the US Special Envoy.

"We impressed upon him our belief that there is an effort being made to present the current difficulties as a problem of IRA violence and of the parties refusing to share power. This is false. Sinn Féin has set our face against violence, and the parties which refuse to share power are the unionists.

" An added difficulty is the refusal by the governments, especially the British, to deliver on their commitments and we again raised the issue of collusion and the failure to act on the Cory Report at this morning's meeting.

" The Good Friday Agreement was endorsed in referenda by a substantial majority of our people. The Agreement, as the recent Assembly election showed, continues to have the overwhelming support of our people. The governments need to keep faith with that." ENDS

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