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Equality, power-sharing and all-Ireland institutions are fundamental to the Agreement

21 September, 2004


Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator, Martin McGuinness MP, speaking after meeting with both governments in Stormont today has said that the DUP need to come into the real world of negotiations, engagement and agreement.

Mr McGuinness said:

"The DUP did not engage at Leeds Castle. In the real world of negotiations you talk to people, you engage with people, and you make agreements which others can live with.

"The DUP need to come into this world of negotiations, engagement and agreement. They must understand that they cannot simply make demands; they must understand that there will be no changes to the fundamentals of the Good Friday Agreement. Equality, power-sharing and the all-Ireland institutions are fundamental to the Agreement.

"On these key issues the DUP will not get their way. There will be no return to unionist rule. There will be no unionist veto. There will be no dilution of the all-Ireland structures.

"We have a unique opportunity to move forward. The DUP can be part of this. But if they remain unwilling then the pro-Agreement parties and the two governments will move forward without them." ENDS

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