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Sinn Féin seek action from two governments as review process begins

28 June, 2006

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness today said that what the Taoiseach and British Prime Minister say and do tomorrow will obviously influence the Sinn Féin review into the Hain Assembly approach which gets under way today.

Mr McGuinness said:

"The Sinn Féin officer board and negotiations team will meet today in Dundalk to begin the process of reviewing our position regarding further participation in the Hain Assembly model. Sinn Féin are committed to seeing the Good Friday Agreement fully implemented. At the core of this is the all-Ireland power sharing institutions.

"We stated at the outset of this six week phase that we would do everything in our power to see a fully functioning Assembly and Executive put in place. This remains our goal and the purpose behind this review process is to establish whether the current approach being adopted by the governments can ever deliver this.

"To date over the past six weeks the DUP have once again set about the task of blocking progress. They have been aided in this by the approach of the two governments.

"Sinn Féin will not allow ourselves to take part on a farce. Other parties have allowed themselves to be used by the DUP as part of their strategy to deliver a talking shop Assembly with no real power. The future participation of Sinn Féin in the Hain Assembly approach is entirely dependent on the actions and attitude of the two governments in the coming days and weeks.

"The Taoiseach and British Prime Minister are in Stormont tomorrow. What they say and do will obviously influence the ongoing Sinn Fein review. They need to state clearly that they are finally going to reassert their control over this process and press ahead with either putting in place the political institutions or closing down the Assembly and moving on before public confidence in the political process is eroded even further.

"Sinn Féin's discussions will continue on Friday when the party‚s Leinster House team will meet with Gerry Adams and Conor Murphy in South Armagh to reflect on what the two governments have said the previous day." ENDS

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