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Adams - dialogue with armed groupings

9 August, 2010 - by Pat Sheehan

Commenting on Sinn Féin efforts to engage in dialogue with the with the political representatives of those linked to armed republican factions Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said:

“The attempt by Sinn Féin to initiate dialogue with the political groups linked to some armed republican factions is a genuine attempt by us to put very directly to these groupings that ongoing armed actions have no place in the struggle for Irish unity. This is not a stunt.

“Everyone is well aware of our position on the armed groups These groups have the absolute right to disagree with the Sinn Féin strategy. They have every right to oppose us politically and in elections. Indeed they have done in the past and the republican community has delivered their verdict.

“There is a peaceful and democratic path available to a united Ireland – the vast vast majority of republicans are on it. As the party elected by republican communities to lead – we have a responsibility to provide political leadership. This is what we are doing.

“We want these groups to reflect on the political realities of Ireland in 2010. Their activities play into the hands of rejectionist unionism and those elements of the British system who seek to limit and frustrate the process of change.

“This engagement is about pointing out to these groups the futility of ongoing armed actions and the political space that is there for them to move into. We have also been active in trying to assist in a resolution to the situation in Maghaberry.

“Clearly some of the groups contacted by us do not wish to engage. Others do and I would expect these meetings to take place shortly.” ENDS

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