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Paisley in denial

15 September, 2005


Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness has expressed disappointment over Ian Paisley's attack on party president Gerry Adams and accused the DUP leader of compounding the negative leadership of recent months and being in denial about his responsibility to get the peace process back on track.

Mr McGuinness said:

"Ian Paisley's attack on Gerry Adam's only serves to highlight how deeply in denial the leadership of unionism is about it's responsibility for the Loyalist sectarian campaign of the summer and the violence of recent days.

"Last weekend's violence is a response to the realisation that the status quo is not an option and to the uncertainties of a process of change which demands equality, human rights, proper policing, justice and inclusion. It is a response to the dawning reality that the days of domination, triumphalism and second class citizenships are gone forever.

"This is compounded by the negative approach of the DUP and UUP.

"The unease and instability in unionist communities stems from a political vacuum created by unionist politicians and now filled by loyalist violence. Ian Paisley and his colleagues are running out of excuses." ENDS

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