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Pat Doherty uses Westminster Meetings To Urge Speedy Progress

12 October, 2005

Sinn Féin Vice President Pat Doherty MP today briefed a cross party
delegation of Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs in Westminster
on the latest developments in the peace process.

Speaking from Westminster Mr Doherty said:

"Today's engagement provided me an opportunity to brief a cross section of
MPs on developments in the peace process since the recent historic
initiatives by the IRA.

"It is my firm belief that there is a strong appetite amongst those MPs with
a long standing interest in the process to see speedy progress made towards
seeing the political institutions re-established.

"I impressed upon those present the need for a serious collective effort in
the coming period to see a process of genuine dialogue established leading
to the all of the outstanding aspects of the Good Friday Agreement being
implemented including the institutional aspects.

"The IRA initiative does not in itself solve the crisis in the political
process. What it does is provide an opportunity for politicians to breathe
momentum into what had previously been a stalled process. That opportunity
cannot be allowed to be squandered by a failure to engage from political
unionism." ENDS

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