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Deal can only happen in line with Good Friday Agreement

18 October, 2004

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP today said that while republicans are up for doing a deal which would see the political institutions re-established and outstanding elements of the Good Friday Agreement implemented.

Mr McGuinness said:

'Sinn Féin has grave concerns about the position of the two governments on possible changes to the institutional arrangements. In addition the DUP is seeking changes to the Agreement which are not acceptable.'

"Progress was made at Leeds Castle. That was over 4 weeks ago. The two governments and the parties now need to bring this work to a speedy conclusion.

"The fundamentals of the Agreement, including the checks and balances which are of such crucial importance to nationalists and republicans, will not be bartered or negotiated away by Sinn Féin.Demands for a unionist veto over Ministerial Executive authority or the institutions, or a return to unionist rule will simply not happen.

"Progress will only be made on the basis of the framework laid out in the Good Friday Agreement. There is no other way forward." ENDS

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