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DUP stance on sharing power only issue to be resolved

30 August, 2006

Commenting on speculation that the two governments are planning fresh political talks outside Ireland in early October Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey today said that the governments needed to focus their attention on the only remaining blockage to restored institutions, the failure of the DUP to embrace power sharing.

Mr Maskey said:

"Sinn Féín are ready and willing to go back into a fully functioning Assembly and Executive in the morning. The only party opposed the restoration of the political institutions is the DUP. That needs to be the focus of the two governments in the run up to their November 24th deadline.

"Other outstanding matters such as policing can only be resolved in the context of functioning political institutions.

"The format and venue of any future engagement is a minor issue. The reality is that the political negotiations have already happened. The only remaining issue to be resolved is anti-Agreement stance of Ian Paisley and his party.

"The DUP have a stark choice. The can either come to terms with current political realities or the process of change will move on without them." ENDS

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