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DUP failure cannot not stop the momentum of change

12 November, 2004

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP speaking from the opening of a new Learn Assist Centre in his West Belfast constituency has said that failure of the DUP to accept the fundamentals of the Good Friday Agreement cannot stop the process of change.

Mr Adams said:

"It is clear that the current impasse is because of the failure of the DUP to accept the fundamentals of the Good Friday Agreement and their failure to accept nationalists and republicans on the basis of equality.

"The DUP have targeted the power-sharing and all Ireland principles of the Agreement. There will be no going back on these positions. That is the new political reality that the DUP has to come to terms with.

"The pro-Agreement majority who want progress cannot be expected to stand still while the DUP come into the 21st century. The inability or unwillingness of the DUP to engage and to accept the reality of the Good Friday Agreement cannot be allowed to paralyse the process of change.

"The two governments need 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 power-sharing by the governments to bring about the full implementation of the Agreement.

"The DUP have a choice. They can be part of the process now but that if they don't, or won't, or cannot then the process will move forward anyway." ENDS

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