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Morgan Urges DUP To Use Parliamentary Body To Signal End Of Stalling

11 April, 2006

Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan, a member of the British - Irish Parliamentary Body, said that along with his fellow members he looked forward to hearing from the DUP at the Kerry gathering later this month. However Deputy Morgan said that people would want to hear from the DUP that the stalling was coming to an end and that they were going to accept sharing power on the basis of equality and respect.

Deputy Morgan said:

"I welcome the fact that the DUP are going to attend the forthcoming meeting of the British - Irish Parliamentary Body. Dialogue at every level is vital if we are to build the political process and seize the opportunities presented by the momentous decisions taken by the IRA last year.

"However we will want to hear from the DUP that they are going to end the stalling and the prevaricating. We will want to hear from them that they accept the way forward is laid out in the Good Friday Agreement and that they accept the democratic will of the people.

"Every other party within the Parliamentary Body have signed on for the Good Friday Agreement. We are united in our belief that the best way forward is through the power sharing and all-Ireland political architecture laid out in the Agreement.

"The DUP are alone as a political party on these islands who still clings to the notion that unionist majority rule in the six counties is a remote possibility. It is time for them to use this opportunity to step up to the mark and engage in the real politick which is a fully functioning Assembly, Executive and All-Ireland Ministerial Council." ENDS

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