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McLaughlin - UUP rejection of Joint Declaration is the real problem

7 May, 2003


Responding to the publication of the IRA statements, Sinn Féin Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin said:

"The IRA last night made clear that Gerry Adams answers to Tony Blair's questions accurately reflected their position. There is no lack of clarity on IRA intentions.

"The real problem is, as Jeffrey Donaldson stated unambiguously, that the Joint Declaration would have been rejected by the Ulster Unionist Council. This is the reason that the British government exercised a unionist veto and cancelled the elections.

"The substance of the Joint Declaration is about the rights and entitlements of citizens. It cannot be conditional. It must be implemented."ENDS

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