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Gerry Adams to embark on peace mission to Middle East

3 September, 2006

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP is travelling to the Middle East on Tuesday 5th September on a peace mission to encourage efforts in the search for a resolution to the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. Mr. Adams is travelling to the region at the invitation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

During his visit Mr. Adams will meet with President Mahmoud Abbas and members of the Palestine Legislative Council including Hamas. He will also make a presentation to the Palestinian-Israeli Peace Forum at the Peres Peace Centre.

Mr. Adams will fly into Tel Aviv on Tuesday 5th September. He will hold a press conference in the American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem at 7.30pm that evening.

Speaking in advance of the trip Mr. Adams said:

"In recent years the Sinn Féin leadership has shared our experience of the Irish Peace Process with those seeking peaceful alternatives to conflict both in the Basque Country and Sri Lanka. Later this week I will travel to the Middle East at the invitation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tomeet with parliamentarians and peace groups in Palestine and Israel.

"It is imperative that genuine negotiation and dialogue between the representatives of the Palestinian and Israeli people commences as quickly as possible. While no two conflicts are identical there are key conflict resolution principles which can be applied in any situation. These include inclusive dialogue, respect for electoral mandates and respect for human rights and international law. This is the message I will be bringing to the Middle East this week."ENDS

Editors Note: Mr Adams will be available to speak to the media at 12.30pm tomorrow Monday 4th September at the party offices on Sevastopol Street.

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