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Real effort needed to put peace process back on track

24 March, 2004


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP is in Dublin this evening to meet with a range of community groups and to address a public meeting in Ballyfermot. Mr. Adams said "Yesterday Sinn Féin put proposals to the two governments regarding the need for a two-pronged approach to the current difficulties in the process. The first involves the restoration of the political institutions and exploration of the DUPs position and the second involves the two governments moving ahead on their commitments. I hope that yesterday's meeting and promise of a short, focused approach will be the start of a real effort to put the peace process back on track. "

Mr. Adams said:

"Yesterday Sinn Féin put proposals to the Irish and British governments regarding the need for a two pronged approach to the current difficulties in the process. The first involves the restoration of the political institutions and exploration of the DUPs position. The second involves the two governments honouring their commitments. We have also been arguing for a different structure, to the Review, in order to move beyond the current impasse. I hope that yesterday's meeting and promise of a short, focused approach will be the start of a real effort to put the peace process back on track.

"In a significant move earlier today British Secretary of State Paul Murphy, echoed remarks by the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern earlier in the month regarding the implementation of the October deal by republicans and what Mr. Murphy today described as Œsubstantial decommissioning‚.

"Both governments now accept, that there was an agreement in October and that the IRA leadership did everything that was agreed and expected and that this was substantive.

"This makes clear that it was the failure of the UUP and the two governments to follow through with their agreed contributions to the sequence that created the political impasse in the process today. It also demonstrates that there is one blockage in the current impasse, which can easily be resolved and that is the outstanding commitments of the two governments.

"The two governments need to immediately implement what they agreed in October and inject the necessary confidence and momentum back into the process." ENDS

Editors Note:

Quote from Bertie Ahern in Leinster House 3rd March 2004

"Last October, there was an agreement between the two governments and General de Chastelain and the IICD that the act of decommissioning was substantive. That was and remains the stated position. It was considered satisfactory and in line with what we expected. It was a commitment with which the two Governments were happy.

Unfortunately, it did not satisfy others. Certainly, there was no difficulty with the two governments about it."

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