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Ian Paisley should meet Gerry Adams

14 December, 2004


Speaking to the media today in Stormont, Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP said that 'Ian Paisley should agree to meet Gerry Adams. The two should sit down together and find a way of sorting this out'.

Mr McGuinness said:

" Last week the culmination of months of negotiations saw us collectively make significant progress. The comprehensive agreement which is now on the table is a remarkable achievement. It has stalled. Sinn Féin's focus is on finding a solution to this.

" So, let us set to one side all of the diversions and recriminations of recent days and concentrate on the substance of what has been achieved. The opportunity to make a defining leap forward exists. Let's not lose it.

" Ian Paisley should agree to meet Gerry Adams. The two should sit down together and find a way of sorting this out.

" We have one effort left to see the enormous progress made in recent discussions turned into reality. I believe that this can still be done but it needs the DUP leader and the SF leader talking directly to each other." ENDS

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