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DUP positions would have more credibility if they engaged with Sinn Féin

6 October, 2004

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin has said that DUP pronouncements that they want to see a deal done and the institutions restored would have much more credibility if they actually sat down and sought a resolution with Sinn Féin.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"The DUP currently sit on councils with Sinn Féin discussing local services. They sat on committees in Stormont discussing serious matters. They sit in studios debating peace process issues with Sinn Féin. Yet they continue to refuse to sit down around a negotiation table and try and find a resolution to the outstanding matters.

"Nationalists and republicans who are deeply sceptical of the DUP commitment to reaching a deal and seeing the political institutions restored would be somewhat reassured if the DUP for the first time began to recognise basic democratic mandates and standards.

"Their positive pronouncements about making progress and achieving sustainable and stable institutions would have much more credibility of the DUP stopped insulting the Sinn Féin electorate and actually sat down and discussed these big issues face to face with republicans." ENDS

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