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US Politicians Back Adams

17 March, 2006

Following discussions yesterday with Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams a number of senior US representatives agreed to lobby the British government to reconvene the Assembly in the short term.

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP met US President George Bush at the Speakers lunch on Capitol Hill.

The Sinn Fein President also held a lengthy series of discussions yesterday with leading Congressional and Senate representatives.

Among the Congress members he spoke to where Jim Walsh, Richie Neal, Carolyn McCarthy, Marty Meehan, Peter King, Chris Smyth, Joe Crowley, Elliot Engel, Tim Murphy, Mike Capuano, Frank Pallone, Neil Abercrombie and others.

Mr. Adams also had a brief meeting with Senator John Kerry, and held two separate meetings with Senators Kennedy and Dodd and Senator Hilary Clinton.

A Sinn Fein spokesperson described all of the meetings as "very positive and constructive. The conversations concentrated on the need to make progress and on our proposals for breaking the logjam. This means movement by the British and Irish government‚s before the summer and well in advance of the marching season.

It means the British government lifting the suspension of the political institutions. The two governments need to set out a timetable for the restoration of the political institutions and delivery on policing, justice, equality and human rights."

The Sinn Fein President also took the opportunity to raise two other matters with all those he spoke to. Firstly, the issue of the undocumented Irish workers living in the United States and the case of Raymond McCord who is seeking support for an international based inquiry into the murder by the UVF of his son, Raymond, in 1998. Mr. Adams presented the members of Congress and the Senate with a briefing paper on the McCord case." ENDS

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