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McGuinness meets Hain

25 October, 2005

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator, Martin McGuinness MP met with British Secretary of State Peter Hain this evening. They discussed the need to inject momentum into the political process post the IRA statement of 28th July and its putting of arms beyond use on 26th September.

Mr McGuinness said;

"The discussion centred around what is required now to inject momentum into the political process and getting the Institutions and all-Ireland structures re-established without undue delay.

"I pointed out to Peter Hain the responsaibility of the two governments to impress on the DUP the need for that party to get into direct discussions with Sinn Féin and the other political parties. That following on from the IRA statement on 28th July and its putting of weapons beyond use on 26th September the DUP no longer had the issue of the IRA as an excuse for further delay.

"I told Mr Hain that the two governments need to clearly state that the only way forward is through dialogue and discussion. The governments should be making the case publicly that the DUP needs to deal directly with Sinn Féin. Sinn Féin is ready and willing to enter that dialouge immediately.

"I also took the opportunity to add my support to the demand from Derry Mayor, Lynn Fleming, Foyle MP Mark Durkan and the cross party delegation that met with Peter Hain earlier in the day for equitable investment in the NorthWest Region. I pointed out to him the palpable anger felt in Derry at the manner in which the Department of Finance and Personell handled recent job allocation procedures." ENDS

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