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Sinn Féin welcomes DUP Statement

3 June, 2004

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has welcomed this evenings statement from DUP MPs Nigel Dodds and Peter Robinson on the need to work to achieve a peaceful summer. The Sinn Féin leader said:

"I welcome the DUP support for efforts to ensure a peaceful summer and agree that everyone in positions of influence should do all in their powers to bring this about. It is important that this sentiment is acted upon at all levels of our community and I would urge community leaders and activists, particularly at interface areas, to engage with their counter-parts across the political divide.

" A peaceful summer would bring enormous relief for families and communities who have had to suffer the effects of interface conflict in the past. A peaceful summer would also make a significant contribution to rebuilding confidence inthe political process.

" Two of our MLAs, Gerry Kelly and Alex Maskey, are currently engaged in intensive contacts with civic society, the community and voluntary sector, and political opinion across all sections of society with the objective of ensuring a peaceful summer. Today's statement is a positive and welcome development." ENDS

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