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Stark choice facing DUP - McGuinness

25 October, 2005

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP was today joined for a press conference in Stormont by the South African Minister for Intelligence Ronnie Kassrils. Mr McGuinness said that a the DUP faced a stark choice to be part of the process of change or stand outside and watch it pass them bye.

Mr McGuinness said:

" The process of change and conflict resolution in South Africa has been a model for the rest of the world and one that we in Ireland have watched with particular interest.

" Just as in our situation, there were many elements in the old apartheid system who opposed and tried to undermine change. But ultimately they failed and the process of change moved on without them.

" That is the very stark choice now facing the DUP. To become part of the process of change on behalf of their constituents or to stand outside and watch it pass them bye.

" Because, just as in South Africa, the days of discrimination, of apartheid and inequality are gone forever. No matter what the DUP do, there will be no return to unionist domination and the days of second-class citizenship.

" All of the excuses have gone. The IRA has addressed the genuine concerns of unionists. The DUP, in the interests of all our people, and not least their own electorate should seize this unique opportunity to move forward." ENDS

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