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DUP unable to accept basic equality and power sharing

31 October, 2004

Sinn Féin Vice President Pat Doherty today said that recent moves by the DUP indicate that they appear to be moving backwards away from a deal based on power sharing, equality and respect.

Mr Doherty said:

"Last week in Castlereagh Council the DUP Deputy leader Peter Robinson sent a very clear message to all of us that the DUP have not yet made the transition from a party seeking domination and power to a party comfortable with equality and power sharing.

"This was followed up by a statement from Gregory Campbell indicating that the DUP were still locked onto their ant-Agreement agenda. The DUP claim to be democrats, yet they continue to ignore the reality that the vast majority of people on this island support the Good Friday Agreement.

"If a deal is to be done it will only be done on the basis of the framework laid out in the Good Friday Agreement. There can be no other way.

"Recent actions and comments from the DUP seem to indicate that they are backing away from such a deal, uncomfortable with the core fundamentals and principles which underpin the Agreement and the process of change which flows from it." ENDS

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