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Adams - Governments must set election date

26 June, 2003


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP speaking following a meeting with the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in Government Buildings this morning said that what people want to see coming out of the meeting between the Irish and British governments next week is a definitive and unqualified assertion that the elections will go ahead.

Accompanying Mr. Adams this morning were party representative for Newry/Armagh Conor Murphy and Dublin EU candidate Marylou McDonald.

Mr. Adams said:

"What people want to see coming out of the meeting between the Taoiseach and Tony Blair next week is a definitive and unqualified assertion that elections will go ahead and that the Agreement will be implemented in full. We need to move quickly out of the dangerous vacuum that the British government has caused in the process. It is clear that elections would anchor the peace process and help restore people‚s confidence in its ability to bring about change.

"We, who supported the Good Friday Agreement, cannot wait on our rights and entitlements because of a crisis in Unionism. The governments have to recognise that these are democratic rights and move ahead with the implementation of all outstanding aspects of the Agreement."ENDS

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