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Adams - Governments need to reassert primacy of politics

2 February, 2006

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP was today joined by party colleagues Arthur Morgan TD, Michelle Gildernew MP, Caitriona Ruane MLA, Gerry Kelly MLA and Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP at a press conference in Belfast. Mr Adams said that his party ‘was not prepared to simply wait on the DUP to grasp new political realities’ and he challenged the two governments to reassert the primacy of the political process’.

Mr Adams said:

“The IRA have dealt decisively with the issue of arms. It cannot be done again. Those opposed to this process are attempting to bring all of us down a cul-de-sac.

“What we need to see is the process of change, which is going forward, accelerated and developed.

“We want to see the political institutions put back in place.

“We want to see further progress on the all-Ireland agenda.

“We want to see the other outstanding matters including policing, human rights and equality issues resolved.

“The two governments have stated that they wish to see rapid progress made in the time ahead. This is possible, if the two governments display the necessary political will and the primacy of the political process is asserted. They need to match their rhetoric with action.

“The IMC has set aside every democratic principle known. People have democratic mandates, the IMC has none. The IMC is a child of the governments and they have to now deal with this reality.

“Sinn Féin remain committed to seeing the promise of the Good Friday Agreement developed. But we are not prepared to simply wait on the DUP or anyone else grasping the new political realities which exist. The situation has been transformed in recent years. The potential for political progress and stability is there. Challenging and crucial months lie ahead but whatever happens it is clear that the process of change will continue.” ENDS

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