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McGuinness - British government should end suspension

5 February, 2006

On the eve of the commencement of talks on the restoration of the
institutions Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness has called on the British government to "lift the suspension of the political institutions as quickly as possible as a means to injecting much needed renewed momentum and confidence back into the process.'

Mr. McGuinness said:

'It is undeniable that the situation today is entirely transformed from what is was 10 or 20 years ago.

Following the IRA initiatives of last year the potential for further significant political progress and stability has never been better.

The republican contribution to all of this has been substantial and is irrefutable. At every step Sinn Féin has given clear leadership, we have taken risks for peace and made the hard decisions.

Republicans have been, along with others, the peace makers.

But there are those whose objective is to wreck the peace - the peace breakers. They are to be found in the unionist political parties who hanker after the old days of unionist domination. They are in the Special Branch and British security system.

They are the people who provide the unsubstantiated allegations, including DUP supporters in the Special Branch, that make up the nonsense which is presented as an IMC report.

The two governments need to deal with the absurdity of this situation.

The commencement of the talks tomorrow is evidence, we are told, of the two governments clear intention to sdee the political institutions restored to full working order in this year.

Consequently, the next few months will be the most challenging and crucial since the Good Friday Agreement was signed.

In my view most people are fed up with the endless, repetitive circular arguments that pass for politics. Each day brings more news of job losses, cutbacks, reviews in public spending, changes to our health, education and other services, and all being done by unaccountable British Ministers.

This is an untenable situation. It obviously does not serve the interests of nationalists and unionists.

Tomorrow presents an opportunity to change all of this. Hard choices will soon have to be made by the DUP." ENDS

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