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Gerry Kelly briefs US Senators McCain and Graham

2 December, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly member for North Belfast and party negotiator Gerry Kelly this afternoon met with US Senators John McCain (Arizona) and Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) in Dublin to brief them on the current state of the political negotiations.

At the meeting both Senators reiterated their willingness to help and urged all of the parties to secure a deal.

Speaking after the meeting Gerry Kelly said:

" This was a good meeting and provided another opportunity to acknowledge the continuing support of the Senators and indeed the US Administration for the peace process.

" I informed the Senators that we have now made our final representations to the two governments and that Sinn Féin is up for doing a deal which is firmly bedded within the Good Friday Agreement.

" The time for doing that comprehensive deal is now." ENDS

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