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Time for face-to-face talks between DUP and Sinn Féin

30 July, 2005


Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness has arrived back in Ireland following his three day trip to the United States where he met with US Envoy Mitchell Reiss, members of Congress, Cardinal Egan, Bill Flynn of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy and many in Irish America who have been long supporters of the peace process. During the visit Mr. McGuinness also spoke with Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Leahey.

Speaking on his return to Ireland Mr. McGuinness said:

"Over the last three days I met with US Envoy Mitchell Reiss, members of Congress, Cardinal Egan, Bill Flynn of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy and many in Irish America who have been long supporters of the Irish peace process. There was widespread support for the IRAs decision to ends its armed campaign and recognition, not just of the historic nature of the move, but also the need for momentum to be maintained.

"This means that the Irish and British governments need to push forward with the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and the restoration of the political institutions. It also means that the days when the DUP were allowed to prevent progress have come to an end.

"It is time for the DUP to step up to the plate and represent the interests of those who vote for them. It is time that they sit down face-to-face with Irish Republicans."ENDS

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