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Sinn Féin's focus is on getting a comprehensive agreement

25 November, 2004

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP this morning briefed the party's Ard Chomhairle on the current state of the negotiations with the Irish and British Governments.

Mr. Adams said:

"Some time ago Sinn Féin asked the British and Irish governments to bring forward proposals bedded in the Good Friday Agreement, aimed at delivering on its commitments. We also proposed, that if rejectionist unionism did not come on board, then the governments need to proceed without them. That remains our position.

"This morning myself and Martin McGuinness updated the Ard Chomhairle on the current state of the negotiations with the Irish and British governments. Our negotiations team worked late into the night with Dublin and London officials on the points of concern which we raised with them last Wednesday, when we received the governments outline for a comprehensive agreement, and which we have been discussing with them since.

"Sinn Féin's focus has been to get a comprehensive agreement. We want to bring the DUP on board and to ensure that the two governments remain faithful to the Agreement. If we are to be successful in this endeavour then the governments have to work with the pro agreement parties and refuse to give a veto to rejectionist unionism. It also means the DUP entering government with Sinn Féin, sharing power with republicans on the basis of equality and mutual respect.

"It is particularly important to remember this at a time when the DUP has presented the two governments with a range of issues for clarification and at a time when they are still refusing to give a clear commitment to work the power sharing institutions with republicans.

"We need to see the outworking of all of this and will continue to work with the two governments in the days ahead."ENDS

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