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Government plans will be judged on whether they will deliver political institutions

19 March, 2006

Sinn Fein Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness today said that his party looked forward to seeing the two governments plans for a speedy restoration of the political institutions.

Mr McGuinness said:

"In our discussions with the two governments we have made it crystal clear that progress had to be made in the immediate period. This means the lifting of suspension and a determined effort to establish a fully functioning Executive. It also means the end of the failed approach of pandering to the DUP.

"It is clear that big decisions now lie ahead for Ian Paisley and his party. All of the other parties and the two governments have stated that they wish to see the political institutions put back in place. The DUP remain isolated as the only party who continue to oppose progress.

"It is my view that we can collectively deliver a fully functioning Assembly and Executive. But for this to happen the two governments need to stand firmly behind the Good Friday Agreement. I look forward to seeing the proposals being put together by the two governments. These plans will be judged on whether or not they will deliver the institutions people voted for eight years ago."ENDS

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