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Adams to raise Peace III with Blair

5 October, 2005

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams this afternoon met the Regional Development Commissioner Danuta Hübner. Mr Adams was accompanied by party colleagues Mary Lou McDonald MEP and Bairbre de Brún MEP.

Mr Adams described the meeting as "extremely useful" and "very productive".

Speaking afterwards Mr Adams said:

"I outlined to Commissioner Hübner Sinn Féin's very strong view that the EU should enhance and support the peace process by making available a Peace III fund, to build on the positive work of Peace I, Peace II and the Peace II extension. I believe the Commissioner is very open to this and is supportive of a Peace III fund but it requires the British and Irish governments, but especially the British government to move speedily in the next 2 months to ensure that this happens.

"Following the meeting with Commissioner Hübner today I intend to raise this matter with the British Prime Minister when I meet him tomorrow.

"This is a key priority issue for the future. It has major implications for the viability of many essential community projects in the north and border counties, which have been working hard for peace and reconciliation. Peace funding has also contributed enormously to communities overcoming the effect of years of conflict and discrimination.

"I am hopeful with political will we can make progress on Peace III" ENDS

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