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Any deal cannot breach GFA fundamentals

4 October, 2004


A Sinn Féin delegation led by party President Gerry Adams MP and including Martin McGuinness MP, Michelle Gildernew MP, Caitriona Ruane MLA, Conor Murphy MLA and Caoimhghin O'Caolain TD this morning met with the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern and senior government officials in Dublin.

Speaking after the meeting Mr Adams expressed "deep concern at the positions being put to us by the two governments which in our view breach the fundamentals of the Good Friday Agreement".

Mr Adams said:

" I again repeated this morning to the Irish government deep concern at the positions being put to us by the two governments in our view breach the fundamentals of the Good Friday Agreement.

" However as I have said before I do believe that a deal between Sinn Féin, the DUP, the two governments and the other parties is inevitable. But we can only do so on terms which are based on equality. I have yet to discover the DUPs contribution to achieving this deal. In fact it appears to me that they are working to a longer timeframe than everyone else, including that set out by the two governments.

" If we are to achieve a restoration of stable and sustainable political institutions then I believe that there is no better time than now to do that business. But any deal cannot be at the expense of the fundamentals of the Good Friday Agreement." ENDS

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