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Sinn Féin dismisses DUP proposals

6 February, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly group leader, Newry Armagh MLA Conor Murphy has dismissed the proposals from the DUP on arrangements for a new 'council-style' Assembly.

Mr Murphy said:

"The Review is not about a renegotiation of the Agreement. The review is about how we deliver the Agreement.

"Nationalists voted for inclusive government. Nationalists voted for the All Ireland architecture in the Agreement. It should not be forgotten that the majority of people voted for the Agreement.

"The DUP proposals are a blueprint for a return to unionist majority rule. Nationalists know only too well what the DUP really want. They want to exclude nationalists from power. This is unacceptable.

"The DUP should not be allowed to veto the Agreement or indeed any element of it such as the power sharing Executive or the All Ireland arrangements.

"The suspension of the institutions should be lifted immediately in order to create the context for a meaningful review. The governments also need to spell out clearly to the DUP the fact that the Agreement is not up for renegotiation."ENDS

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