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Sinn Féin will not countenance move away from GFA

31 January, 2006


Responding to the publication today of the DUP plans to hollow out the power sharing core of the Good Friday Agreement, Sinn Féin Vice President Pat Doherty MP said that "the two governments had an obligation to press ahead with the implementation of the Agreement as demanded by the overwhelming majority of Irish people who voted for it".

Mr Doherty said:

"The Good Friday Agreement is an international treaty passed overwhelmingly by the Irish people in referendum. The two governments have an obligation to press ahead with its full implementation in the time ahead. The DUP cannot be allowed to veto this process.

"The IRA initiatives of last year provide an opportunity for the two governments to speedily put together a process which will deliver a restoration of the political institutions. We have been pressing the governments to do this in discussions over recent weeks and this has to be the focus of the planned talks in early February.

"The proposals published today by the DUP are a challenge to the two governments. They are an attempt to subvert the political process and delay the process of change.

" The two governments have an obligation to stand by the Agreement and its power sharing core. This includes the power sharing Executive. Sinn Fein will not countenance a move away from the fundamental principles which underpin the Good Friday Agreement." ENDS

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