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British must move agenda for change forward

9 May, 2005

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP speaking after meeting the new British Secretary of State, Peter Hain, in Stormont Castle today said that the British government must move the agenda for change forward without delay.

Speaking after the meeting Mr Adams said:

"Since the breakdown of the comprehensive Agreement in December the peace process has been paralysed by the politics of recrimination and blame game. Now with elections behind us and the new mandates we should all turn our attention to the challenge of rebuilding the peace process.

"Key elements of the Good Friday Agreement do not require cooperation from the DUP. Progress on equality, human rights, collusion, the Irish language, demilitarisation, justice and policing are entirely within the gift of the British government. There is an increased onus on the British government to face up to the many issues within its control.

"We told the new British Secretary of state that he must now move this agenda of change forward without further delay." ENDS

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