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Irish government commitment welcome but obligation is to implement Agreement

27 May, 2005


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams today welcomed the comment from the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern that the Irish Government commitment to the Good Friday Agreement was 'rock solid'. However Mr. Adams said that the two governments have an obligation to implement the Agreement which went beyond a commitment to it.

Mr. Adams said:

"Today's unambiguous commitment to the Good Friday Agreement by the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is obviously welcome. However both governments have an obligation to implement the Agreement which goes beyond simply committing to it.

"It is obvious to all that we need to make political progress in the time ahead. Any progress made will be bedded in the core principles and fundamentals of the Good Friday Agreement.

"However the governments need to be moving ahead. There is absolutely no reason why many outstanding aspects of the Agreement which have to do with people's rights and entitlements should be made conditional on what the IRA does or upon the attitude of unionist parties. These are after all modest entitlements and are part of an international treaty.

"Sinn Fein are committed to seeing progress made. But all other parties and especially the two governments also need to display the necessary political will to see forward movement in the time ahead." ENDS

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