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DUP sending mixed signals

7 September, 2004

Speaking from Stormont where he is leading a party delegation in talks with the SDLP, Sinn Féin Assembly group leader Conor Murphy said in an initial response to Peter Robinson's Dublin speech that 'the community were receiving mixed signals from the DUP'.

Mr Murphy said:

" We are conscious that that community is receiving mixed signals from the DUP over recent weeks. If today's speech by Peter Robinson is a genuine indication that a deal can be done then we would obviously welcome that. But I have to say the messages coming from the DUP have caused considerable confusion.

" Sinn Fein have been clear in saying that we are approaching these discussions in a positive manner. We want to see a package agreed which will see the political institutions re-established and the other outstanding issues resolved. But now is the time to make progress. Now is the time to do real business.

" If today's speech indicates that Peter Robinson is up for doing real business then of course Sinn Féin will wish to explore this in the coming days." ENDS

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