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Dialogue, inclusivity and respect for others - key to progress over last ten years and needed now more than ever

24 January, 2005


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP speaking in Belfast today has said that the dialogue, inclusivity and respect for others - is the key to the progress made over the last 10 years and is needed now more than ever

Mr Adams said:

"Our primary focus in our conversation tomorrow with the Taoiseach and on Thursday with the British Prime Minister is to ensure the stability of the process and continued progress in it. The peace process is too important to the people of this island. It is the most important political development in the past 30 years.

"It is the only way forward.

"That is why our meetings this week are so crucial and why, despite our reasonable concerns at the Taoiseach‚s accusations against Martin McGuinness and I, that we are approaching tomorrows meeting positively.

"We do believe that the Taoiseach has to explain why he said what he said. However, it has been suggested that tomorrows meeting will be confrontational. That is not our intention.

"This process is in serious trouble. Confrontation is not what is needed. Dialogue, inclusivity, respect for others - that is the key to the progress we have all made so far over the last 10 years, it is what is needed now more than ever.

"How do we build on the significant progress that was made before Christmas?

"How do we advance the peace process?

"These are the crucial questions which must be answered." ENDS

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