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Gerry Adams meets with US Special Envoy Mitchel Reiss in Belfast

27 April, 2004

Speaking after a Sinn Fein delegation including Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP, Michelle Gildernew MP, Bairbre de Brún MLA, Gerry Kelly MLA and national chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin MLA met with US envoy Mitchel Reiss, Mr Adams said:

"This mornings meeting was a good meeting.

"We expressed the opinion to Mr Reiss that in recent months there has been a dangerous sense of drift and crisis within the process.

"In our view much of this is down to the failures of the two governments to deliver on their commitments under the Agreement and following on from last October.

"The failure of the British government to honour their commitments on the Cory report and the Pat Finucane case, the publication last week of the discredited so-called IMC report, and the cancellation of this weeks Lancaster House talks, have all added to the negative climate, as well as to the sense of anger and annoyance that exists among republicans and nationalists at this time.

"We put to Mitchel Reiss our view that the two governments need to refocus on the peace process. That has been our objective in our discussions in recent days with the Taoiseach Mr Ahern and the British Prime Minister Mr Blair. Both meetings were significant. We argued for a period of focused discussions and I believe that we will see that happen in the time ahead.

"The US can play an important role in this, as it has in the past.

"Sinn Fein are problem solvers. There is nothing more important than the peace process and our collective responsibility is to do all we can to ensure that progress is made." ENDS

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