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DUP cannot be allowed to paralyse process of change

22 October, 2004

Sinn Féin Vice President Pat Doherty MP has said that the DUP cannot be allowed to paralyse the process of change indefinitely and that they must move from their anti-Agreement position if a deal is to be secured.

Mr Doherty said:

"It is now almost a year on from the Assembly election. In that time we have been to Lancaster House in June and then Leeds Castle last month. It has time and again been hinted at that the DUP are prepared to do a deal which would see the institutions restored and the outstanding elements of the Good Friday Agreement implemented.

"However one year on the DUP have shown no willingness to move away from their anti-Agreement position and this remains the greatest obstacle to seeing a comprehensive package agreed. It is my view that the Leeds Castle engagement demonstrated that the other outstanding issues can be resolved. But as Martin McGuinness has already indicated this work needs to be completed quickly if we are to achieve a deal.

"We cannot wait on the DUP forever. If it becomes clear that the DUP are not going to move then it is inevitable that we will have to explore other options of moving the process forward and seeing the Agreement implemented. The DUP cannot be allowed to paralyse the process of change indefinitely." ENDS

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