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DUP must not be allowed to stall process of change any longer

13 November, 2004

The Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle met today in Dublin to review progress to date in the peace process and receive an update from party Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness on recent meetings with the two governments. Speaking during a break in the meeting Sinn Féin National Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin said:

"We are now approaching the first anniversary of the Assembly election. Despite our negotiation team being involved in intensive discussions with the two governments throughout that time it is clear that the process is still stalled.

"It is stalled because the DUP have actively targeted the fundamentals of the Good Friday Agreement and in particular the all-Ireland and power sharing aspects. The DUP has not yet come to terms with the reality that there will be no going back on these core issues. They were negotiated and agreed upon six years ago.

"The two governments must now send a strong message to the rejectionists. They must ensure that the approach adopted by the DUP is not allowed to stall the process of change any longer.

"They need now to invest significant efforts and resources into a power sharing endeavour which will see the full implementation of the Agreement. The pro-Agreement majority across the island have waited long enough.

"The choice must be clear for the DUP. They can join with the rest of us and move forward along the course set out in the Agreement or that process will have to move on regardless." ENDS

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