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Review must be based on full implementation of Agreement

10 February, 2004

Speaking ahead of today's trilateral meeting with Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Brian Cowen and British Secretary of State Paul Murphy Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator, Mid Ulster MP Martin McGuinness has said that the starting point for the review must be based on the full implementation of the Agreement.

Mr McGuinness said:

"Unionism cannot be allowed to paralyse the peace process and the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. If the DUP are serious about reaching accommodation with nationalists they must recognise that this can only be done by speaking to Sinn Féin, who represent the majority of nationalists. There is no escaping this logic.

"The starting point for the review must be an approach from the two governments that is based on the implementation of their Agreement commitments in order to fill some of the substantial gaps that exist.

"The action required on these gaps is outlined in the two governments Joint Declaration and was discussed in detail in the talks leading up the significant steps taken by both Sinn Féin and the IRA in October last year.

"Both governments are in default, particularly in respect of commitments on Equality, Human Rights, Policing and demilitarisation." ENDS

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