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Sinn Fein will defend the safeguards and protections in the Agreement

23 February, 2004


Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator, Mid Ulster MP Martin McGuinness MLA speaking after meeting the British Secretary of State Paul Murphy has said that Sinn Fein will defend the safeguards and protections in the Agreement.

Mr McGuinness said:

"The Good Friday Agreement is the culmination of an enormous effort by the two governments and the parties to tackle the causes of conflict. It continues to hold the promise of a new beginning for everyone. We should take encouragement from the fact that together through the Peace Process the situation is being transformed.

"The review as set out in the Good Friday Agreement is about improving the delivery of the Agreement. It is not about a renegotiation of the Agreement. It is about how we deliver what is in essence an All Ireland Agreement.

"Sinn Fein will defend the safeguards and protections in the Agreement. They are there to protect against any return to unionist majority rule.

"In today's meeting with Paul Murphy Sinn Fein put forward our views on a number of issues including the reconfiguration of the 10 departments, the creation of a Department of Equality, tax varying powers and the transfer of powers on Policing and Justice. We will share these views with Irish government officials when we meet with them later today." ENDS

Note to Editors

Martin McGuinness, Bairbre de Brún, Geraldine Dougan and Philip McGuigan met with British Secretary of State Paul Murphy and his officials at 11.15 today.

A Sinn Fein delegation will also meet with Irish government officials at 3.30pm today in Stormont.

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