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DUP engagement with Sinn Féin only way to make politics work

19 March, 2004

Sinn Fein North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly has said that the Democratic Unionist Party will have to share power with Sinn Fein if they want to be part of local political institutions.

Mr Kelly said:

"We disagree with the DUP on a lot of things, but Sinn Fein respect their mandate and we acknowledge it.

"It is time that the DUP woke up to the reality that the majority of nationalists vote for Sinn Féin. They need to respect our mandate whether they like it or not.

"In America this week the DUP engaged with many parts of Irish America including those who believe that inclusivity and power sharing must be at the heart of any agreement that holds out the prospect of progress and lasting peace.

"The challenge now for the DUP is to engage with Irish people here at home. The inescapable logic is that they will go nowhere unless they engage with those who speak for the vast majority of nationalists living in the north, namely Sinn Féin." ENDS

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