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Missed opportunity to progress Peace Dividend

16 June, 2006

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP MLA speaking after today's
meeting of the Preparation for Government Committee has said that today's
meeting was yet another missed opportunity to do real business.

Mr McGuinness said:

"The committee meeting today could have done meaningful and productive work
on securing a peace dividend. On Monday the British Chancellor Gordon Brown
will visit Belfast. Sinn Fein proposed that all of the parties present him
with a unified demand for a significant peace dividend to address decades of
neglect and underfunding. A significant peace dividend would benefit all our
people. The DUP blocked this proposal and walked away from an opportunity to
make real progress on securing a peace dividend.

It is increasingly clear that the DUP are interested only in bullying the
British Secretary of State and the other parties into allow pointless
debates in a powerless Assembly. Sinn Fein, however, will not be bullied by
the DUP. " ENDS

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