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Agreement checks and balances not up for negotiation

9 October, 2004

The Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle met today in Dublin. The Ard Chomhairle was briefed by party President Gerry Adams on the current state of the political negotiations. Speaking from Dublin the Sinn Féin National Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin said:

" The Ard Chomhairle was briefed today on the current state of the political negotiations.

" Sinn Féin continue to be engaged with the two governments in trying to get the sort of comprehensive deal required.

" The current DUP position is an obstacle to achieving this.

" The fundamentals of the Good Friday Agreement - power sharing, equality, all-Ireland institutions, human rights and crucially the checks and balances, the protections, placed there to stop unionist abuse of power cannot be subverted to satisfy the DUP demands.

" They were agreed by all of the parties to the talks, including the two governments, and passed in referendums North and South, and they must be defended particularly by the Irish government in the face of attempts to see them diluted.

" A deal will only be done on the basis of sharing power within the basis set out in the Good Friday Agreement." ENDS

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