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Sinn Féin Leaders to defend GFA in US meetings

29 September, 2004

Senior Sinn Féin Negotiators Mitchel McLaughlin and Martin Ferris will today travel to the USA to carry out an extensive series of engagements aimed at securing continuing support for the Good Friday Agreement in the United States.

During the course of their stay they will meet with Congressional Representatives and a wide cross section of Irish American opinion.

Mr McLaughlin will attend an address given by US Special envoy Mitchell Reiss at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy in New York on Thursday.

Mr Ferris will hold meetings with the friends of Ireland Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee of Irish Affairs hosted by Rep. Jim Walsh in Washington DC before travelling on to Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and New York City.

Speaking prior to their departure Sinn Féin Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin said:

"It is very clear that the Good Friday Agreement and the fundamental principles which underpin it are under attack from the DUP.

"Sinn Féin will conduct a series of important engagements across the United States over the next number of days as we seek to ensure continuing US support for the Good Friday Agreement in the face of this attack. This trip to the USA is about defending the Good Friday Agreement.

"The DUP cannot be allowed to continue to stall progress and forward movement. It is crucial that the two governments make this clear to the DUP and stop pandering to anti-Agreement elements.

"Our message this week will be very clear in the United States - there can be no dilution of the core fundamentals and principles of the Good Friday Agreement." ENDS

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