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Adams Announces Details of Blair Meeting

22 April, 2004

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has announced that he will be meeting the British Prime Minister Tony Blair tomorrow.

Mr. Adams said:

" Just before Easter I wrote to the British Prime Minister outlining our view of what is needed to get the process working again. At that time I asked for a private meeting to discuss these matters and to press them on the outstanding matter of an inquiry into Pat Finucane‚s killing and the issue of Collusion.

" Following press speculation about the content of the so-called IMC report I spoke to Downing Street stressing the urgency of that meeting. So our engagement has been given an added dimension.

" I have to say that I totally and absolutely reject and greatly resent the effort by the two governments to penalise and discriminate against our party. There are some who think that there is a case of going with the flow on these matters. It is not. It is a matter of political principle. And for that reason I have been publicly very very critical of the Irish government.

" I should also say that it is my clear understanding that the cancellation of the Lancaster House talks for next week was an the request of the Irish government. Can I also say that the SDLPs defence of the IMC is disgraceful. As are that party leaderships assurances to Mr. Blair that Tuesday‚s publication of the report had the potential to be a good day for the peace process." ENDS

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