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Adams meets Haass

1 August, 2003

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams today met President Bush's special envoy Richard Haass in New York.

Speaking after their meeting Mr. Adams said:

"Everyone I have spoken to in the US believes that the political imperative for the British government is to set a date certain for the election. I told Richard Haass this. I also told him that we welcome Mr. Blair‚s statement on Wednesday. I hope this is evidence of the British government realising that the cancellation of the elections was a mistake.

"The logic of Blair's position is that he should set a date certain for the elections and that in his words we can see the political institutions back up and running again." ENDS

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