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Process cannot wait on DUP

11 November, 2004

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams speaking as he returned to Ireland after his 7 day trip to the United States, and following meetings and conversations with Mitchel Reiss, President Bush's special envoy on Ireland, as well as senior Republican and Democratic politicians, including Ted Kennedy, Jim Walsh and Peter King said:

'We made it clear to all those we met that Sinn Féin is determined to find a resolution to the current crisis in the peace process.

" For the past 10 months and especially in recent weeks, Sinn Féin has been involved in a series of intense engagements with the two governments and through them with the DUP to try and achieve this.

" These have failed because the DUP wants fundamental changes which would subvert the powersharing, equality and all-Ireland nature of the Agreement.

" The DUP must understand, and the governments must make it clear, that the refusal by Ian Paisley to reach agreement with the rest of us cannot stop the process of change.

" The Taoiseach and the British Prime Minister have to send a clear message to the rejectionists, and to all those who would frustrate the work of the peace process, that there is going to be a substantial and significant investment of effort and resources, into powersharing by the governments to bring about the full implementation of the Agreement.

" And if the DUP still refuses to engage properly then the British government should dissolve the Assembly.

" Mr. Blair needs to give the DUP a choice. They need to know they can be part of the process now but that if they don't, or won't, or cannot bring themselves to join with the rest of us then the process is not waiting any longer." ENDS

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