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Sinn Féin calls for Governments to maintain focus on resolving political impasse

6 July, 2004

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP this evening met with Minister for Foreign Affairs Brian Cowen in Dublin as part of ongoing efforts to see the political impasse resolved. Speaking after the meeting Mr. McGuinness said that these efforts would continue in the coming period including a meeting tomorrow in Dublin between the Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams and the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

Mr McGuinness said:

"This evening I met with the Minister for Foreign Affiars Brian Cowen. I once again impressed upon the Irish government that everyone has a role to play in discussions to achieve an end to the political impasse.

"As part of these ongoing efforts Gerry Adams will meet with the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern tomorrow in Dublin.

"But if we are to achieve an end to the impasse by September then the work needs to be done now. The government's have a responsibility to ensure that all of the parties remain focused over the next few weeks on moving the situation forward. The process cannot simply be put into cold storage." ENDS

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