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Adams - Dialogue is the key to progress

16 March, 2005

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP will meet with US envoy on the peace process Mitchell Reiss in Washington this afternoon (Wednesday 16th) and will later attend the America Ireland Fund dinner. Responding to the Taoiseach's comments in the US last night Mr. Adams said:

"The Taoiseach knows Sinn Féin's position on criminality and paramilitarism. He also knows that the difficulties facing the peace process at this time are formidable. There is no dialogue, no political institutions and no Good Friday Agreement.

"There are many obstacles to be overcome if we are to get the process back on track. It certainly is not a one-item agenda.

"Sinn Féin is totally and absolutely committed to bringing the peace process to a successful conclusion and this includes creating the conditions where the IRA and all of the armed groups cease to exist. It also means dealing with the issues of policing, demilitarisation, human rights and equality.

"No matter how difficult the obstacles to dialogue are, they need to be tackled and overcome.

"Sinn Fein is prepared to enter into meaningful dialogue today, tomorrow, at any time. We are prepared to face up to all of the difficult issues and to make this process work. Others need to do the same." ENDS

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