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McGuinness - its make or break time for political institutions

14 May, 2006

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness today welcomed the comments of the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern saying that the time had come to put the peace process back on track.

Mr McGuinness said:

"Last year the historic decisions taken by the IRA liberated the political process and opened up real possibilities for significant progress to be made in achieving the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.

"Since then Sinn Féin have been arguing strongly with both governments that the time had come for the DUP to take the hard decisions on sharing power with the rest of the parties within the institutions laid out in the Good Friday Agreement. The stalling could not be allowed to drag on any further.

"I welcome the comments of the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern today indicating that it was his view that we had to see fully functioning institutions put in place as quickly as possible and that the idea of stalling the process further into next year was a non-starter.

"Sinn Féin will re-enter the Assembly tomorrow fully committed to seeing a fully functioning executive put in place. All of the parties with the exception of the DUP have indicated that they also are up for power sharing. The only question which has to be answered in the time ahead is whether or not Ian Paisley will for the first time accept sharing power with his neighbours on the basis of equality.

"It is my hope that the DUP will come on board in establishing a power sharing government. But what is now clear is that the two governments need to make it clear to the DUP the stalling tactics currently being adopted cannot stretch on any longer." ENDS

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