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McGuinness - People impatient for progress

10 January, 2006

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP today said that people are impatient for the two governments to seize the political initiative and restore the all-Ireland and power sharing institutions.

Mr McGuinness said:

"Since the historic moves by the IRA last year in ending the armed campaign and dealing decisively with the issue of their arms people have become frustrated at the lack of obvious political movement.

"However the DUP cannot be allowed to stall the process indefinitely. All their excuses have been removed. The two governments have a responsibility to drive the process forward in the time ahead.

"People across the island are impatient for progress and want to see the two governments fulfilling their responsibilities by seizing the political initiative and restoring the all-Ireland power sharing institutions.

"Progress can undoubtedly be made in the coming period if all of the parties are prepared to face up to their political responsibilities. Sinn Féin are ready and willing to see rapid progress made. The question still remains however if the DUP are capable and able to share power on the basis of equality and respect." ENDS

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