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Adams comments on ongoing discussions with the Irish and British governments

18 June, 2004

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams commenting this evening on ongoing discussions with the Irish and British governments said:

"Sinn Féin is currently engaged in detailed and intense discussions with the two governments. Our goal is to restore the political institutions and end the crisis in the process. To that end Sinn Féin is pressing for a comprehensive and holistic package which deals with all of the outstanding matters in a way that is definitive and conclusive.

"In our negotiations with the governments, and in our efforts to achieve a package of measures which will secure progress, we have focused on a number of key issues, these include the need for full participation in the political institutions including the power sharing executive and the all-Ireland Ministerial Council; the issues of policing and justice, including the transfer of powers to the Assembly; the issue of armed groups; the issue of arms, and the issues of human rights, equality and sectarianism.

"There are also matters which are clearly the responsibility of the two governments, including demilitarisation, as well as issues for the Review.

"Sinn Féin is committed to playing a full and productive role in resolving these matters. If the political will exists this can be done. Consequently, the intense efforts to agree this package should continue until there is an agreement or until we have exhausted all possibilities of agreement.

"Many of the issues are matters of basic rights and entitlements for citizens. They are about equality. The two governments must ensure that equality becomes a reality." ENDS

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