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McLaughlin - Build The Political Alternative

21 April, 2005


Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin today urged all of the other participants in the process to help build the political alternative outlined in Gerry Adams recent initiative.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"Gerry Adams appeal directly to the IRA, to commit itself to purely political and democratic activity, presents challenges all of us. "It presents a huge challenge to the IRA and to IRA Volunteers.

"It also presents a huge challenge to all of the other participants in the process to help build the political alternative.

"It is a challenge to the British government to face up to its responsibilities on equality, human rights, demilitarisation, justice and policing

"It is a challenge to the Irish government to address northern representation in the political institutions of the Irish state and to defend the Good Friday Agreement

"It is a challenge to unionism to finally accept the need for equality, human rights, inclusivity and mutual respect. We now have an unprecedented opportunity to make progress, to finally and conclusively deal with the outstanding issues and to see the Good Friday Agreement realised in full.

"There is a collective responsibility to seize this opportunity to build on the enormous potential that now exists and to demonstrate that the political alternative does work, that it does deliver.

"That is a challenge for all of us. It is also a challenge which Sinn Féin is ready to meet." ENDS

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