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Proposals from Governments must be Good Friday Agreement compliant

20 March, 2006


Sinn Féin MP for Newry and Armagh Conor Murphy today said that any proposals from the two governments would have to be Good Friday Agreement compliant if they were going to have a chance of success.

Mr Murphy said:

"The two governments have indicated that they intend to finally bring forward proposals to break the impasse in the process and see a fully functioning Assembly and Executive put in place.

"Suspension needs to be lifted and the Assembly reconvened for the purpose of electing a First and Deputy First Minster and the appointment of Ministers. If this fails to happen then the Assembly should be scrapped and the salaries paid to the MLAs should be withdrawn.

"Any proposals from the two governments need to be Good Friday Agreement compliant and they need to be able to deliver the type of institutions the people voted for including a fully functioning Assembly, a power sharing Executive and All-Ireland Ministerial Council.

"That is the benchmark upon which Sinn Féin will judge them. The two governments now need to avoid further delays and publish as speedily as possible their planned blueprint." ENDS

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