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Adams - Re-building the peace process must begin now

11 March, 2005


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP is travelling to the US tomorrow to carry out a extensive series of engagements. Mr. Adams will be in Washington DC, New York and Ohio. Speaking before his departure Mr. Adams said "My message in the United States next week will be very clear - I will be asking those who have supported the peace process and Sinn Féin's role in it, to continue that support so that the task of re-building the peace process can begin." Mr. Adams is in County Meath today where he is campaigning with the party‚s by-election candidate Joe Reilly.

Mr. Adams said:

"For more than a decade now Irish America has played a valuable role in the peace process. When opponents of change were lined up against progress, they intervened in the interests of peace. Next week I will be asking them to do so again. I will be speaking directly to those who have supported the peace process and Sinn Féin's role in it. I will be briefing them on the grave difficulties that the process faces at this time and also outlining the contribution that republicans are willing to make to get the process back on track.

"The peace process is the only way forward but we have to be realistic. The only aspect of the process, which currently exists is the IRA cessation. There are no political institutions, no dialogue, no plans to implement the outstanding aspects of the Agreement.

"If we are to move out of this deepening crisis, then the starting point has to be genuine dialogue between the parties and the two governments. That is the message that I will be bringing to the US next week." ENDS

Itinerary

Saturday, March 12
5:45 PM Friends of Sinn Féin Reception - Cincinnati, Ohio
7:15 PM Friends of Sinn Féin Community Event - Union Hall, Local 392 Plumbers Cincinnati, Ohio

Monday, March 14
7:45AM Council on Foreign Relations Breakfast - New York City
12:00PM Friends of Sinn Féin Luncheon - New York City
4:45PM Transport Workers Union Local 100 - Annual James Connelly Reception New York City
7:30PM Friends of Sinn Féin Reception - New Jersey

Wednesday, March 16
4:00 PM Meeting with Mitchel Reiss at State Department Washington DC
6:30 PM America-Ireland Fund Dinner, Washington, DC

Thursday, March 17
8:00AM Friends of Sinn Féin Breakfast - Washington, DC
3:00 PM National Press Club - Washington, DC
4:30 PM Senator Kennedy - Washington, DC
5:30 PM Friends of Ireland/Ad Hoc Committee - Washington, DC

Friday, March 18
1:00PM John Carroll University (Speech) - University Heights, Ohio
6:00 PM Friends of Sinn Féin Reception - Mayfield Heights, Ohio

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