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Efforts to find resolution to crisis in peace process should not be delayed

21 June, 2004

Speaking from the Review talks at Stormont today, Sinn Féin Assembly Group leader Conor Murphy said that 'efforts to find a resolution to the impasse in the peace process should not be put off until the autumn'.

Mr Murphy said:

"Sinn Féin's focus is on restoring the political institutions and ending the crisis in the process. Consequently, Sinn Féin has been pressing for a comprehensive and holistic package which deals with all of the outstanding matters in a way that is definitive and conclusive.

"Before last Christmas and again before Easter Sinn Féin presented to the two governments with a detailed list of the outstanding areas which needed to be addressed including of course the sustainability of the political institutions.

"It is our view that with political will we could make progress this week and especially in Friday's talks in London. However the decision by the governments to put off intensive negotiations until September means that they have bought into the timeframe set down by the DUP.

"Once again the governments are allowing unionism and, in particular, a party which has clearly declared itself against the Good Friday Agreement and which refuses to accept and respect the mandates of others to set the pace in the process. This is unacceptable.

"There is no reason why the effort to resolve this should be put off for the summer and we will put this directly to the British Prime Minister and the Taoiseach." ENDS

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