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DUP need to respect Sinn Féin mandate

16 August, 2004


Responding to an article in this morning's Irish Times by DUP Deputy Leader Peter Robinson Sinn Féin National Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin said "that it is time for the DUP to respect Sinn Féin's mandate and concentrate on the job of agreeing a package which will quickly see the political institutions re-established and all of other outstanding issues dealt with".

Mr McLaughlin said:

"The issues which need to be addressed as part of a comprehensive package have been identified. Nationalists and republicans acknowledge that there are issues of concern for Unionists.

"If the DUP accept that the range of issues which are of concern to nationalists and republicans, must be dealt with, including the core issue of transfer of Policing and Justice powers away from London, then our collective responsibility is to move quickly to resolve these issues. This is a huge challenge but it has to be faced up at some point.

"The DUP need to act on the reality that Sinn Fein represents the majority of nationalist opinion. The DUP need to respect Sinn Féin's mandate and concentrate on the job of agreeing a package which will quickly see the political institutions re-established and all of other outstanding issues resolved without further delay." ENDS

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