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DUP demands an obstacle to progress

10 November, 2004

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP today held talks in Washington with the US Special envoy Mitchell Reiss and Senator Ted Kennedy. Mr Adams made it clear that the largest obstacle to progress was the demands of the DUP to fundamentally change the Good Friday Agreement and their refusal to share power with nationalists.

Mr Adams said:

" The impasse at this time in the talks process is the DUP failure to accept the fundamentals of the Good Friday Agreement and their failure to accept nationalists and republicans on the basis of equality. In particular they have targeted the power-sharing and all Ireland principles of the Agreement.

" The core issues were negotiated and agreed in the Good Friday Agreement. There will be no going back on these positions. That is the new political reality which the DUP has to come to terms with. The pro-Agreement majority cannot be expected to stand still while the DUP edge their way into the 21st century. The DUP's refusal to engage and to accept the reality of the Good Friday Agreement cannot be allowed to paralyse the process of change." ENDS

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