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Stop-start approach reducing review to farce

27 April, 2004

Speaking after meeting with the two governments to discuss the review of the working of strand 2 and 3 of the Good Friday Agreement Sinn Fein Assembly group leader, Newry Armagh MLA Conor Murphy said:

"The stop-start approach to the review by the governments is reducing it to the point of farce.

"If it is to serve the purpose for which it is designed there must be a time-tabled focused discussion of a range of issues. This has not happened to date.

"We have previously identified for the two governments a comprehensive range of issues which the review must address including those issues which would benefit from single issue discussion.

"Today we again asked the governments to respond to our proposals on the expansion of the All-Ireland agenda. We also raised particular concerns we have about the failure to deliver the HQ for Waterways Ireland and All Ireland Autism Centre of Excellence."

Mr Murphy continued:

"In the light of the British Secretary of State's decision to go ahead with the imposition of penalties against both Sinn Féin and, in effect against those we represent, on the basis of a disgraceful and discredited report by the International Monitoring Commission we believe the review should convene a dedicated session to address the issue of breaches to the Agreement. Sinn Féin are not in breach of the Agreement. Others are." ENDS

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