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September efforts will fail if governments abdicate responsibility for crisis

7 July, 2004

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP, speaking in Dublin this morning before meeting the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, warned the two governments that "any effort to resolve outstanding issues in September will fail if the British government continue to try and abdicate any responsibility for the current crisis, or refuse to accept that it has a significant contribution to make to any agreement".

Mr Adams' remarks follow government briefings overnight around today's British Irish Inter-Governmental Conference, which suggest that the success of any talks in September will be down solely to republicans and the DUP.

Mr Adams said:

"While republicans and the DUP have important contributions to make to any possible deal in September, the British and Irish governments also have responsibility for key issues requiring resolution.

"In particular the British governments failure to tackle the issue of collusion, best illustrated by its refusal to hold an independent inquiry into the killing of Pat Finucane, is evidence of that governments appalling record on keeping commitments." ENDS

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