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Adams - Working For A Peaceful Summer

28 May, 2003


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP speaking today in Belfast has said that 'there is a collective responsibility on the two governments and all political parties along with community, church and civic leaders to work together to ensure a peaceful summer'.

Mr Adams said:

"Sinn Féin's consistent position has been to ensure that the summer months are peaceful, particularly in interface areas. For example last year at a meeting in Hillsborough of the Implementation Group we proposed that the two governments and all the parties agree a common approach to tackling the issue of interface violence and sectarianism. Unfortunately this approach was not fully embraced and people living in interface areas had to endure a summer of violence.

"There is a deep concern within the community that the present political vacuum could be filled with the type of violence which caused so much devastation last summer.

"Our focus is to avoid this. Sinn Féin, locally and nationally, have engaged in a wide range of initiatives and attempts to ensure that we do not see a repeat of last years violence. We are holding meetings at both political and community levels. We are encouraging and backing attempts by local communities to resolve interface tensions.

" All sections of society have a responsibility for these matters.

" There is a collective responsibility on the two governments and all political parties along with community, church and civic leaders to work together to ensure a peaceful summer.

" I welcome the meeting yesterday between the UUP and Loyalist leaders.

" We recognise that there are many within the Unionist and Nationalist community who have, and are, working hard to ensure that we have a peaceful summer period. This is vital work, which needs to continue.

" We also recognise that there are those who are intent on cynically manipulating the tensions during this period for their own political ends. This must not be allowed to happen." ENDS

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