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Gerry Adams Pays Tribute To John Hume

4 February, 2004

Speaking today from London where he is meeting with families of those who had relatives killed through the British policy of collusion, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP paid tribute to the former SDLP leader John Hume who announced his intention not to stand in the forthcoming EU Election.

Mr Adams said:

"I want to pay tribute to SDLP leader John Hume. His decision not to stand again for the European Parliament marks the end of an era.

"The SDLP and ourselves have a different analysis and different objectives. But it is to John Hume's credit that he worked with us in trying to find a peaceful resolution of the causes of conflict on this island and between Britain and Ireland.

" He was vilified, of course, but in a short period the Hume/Adams dialogue, as it became known opened up the possibility of a new beginning. This gave all our people hope and led to an agreement which was endorsed by rank and file unionists as well as nationalists and republicans.

"That period of hope is often forgotten now as the peace process stumbles from one crisis to another. But that hope should be a lasting tribute to the finest hour of John Hume.

"I wish to extend to John and his wife Pat my warmest best wishes for the future." ENDS

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