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Sinn Fein to seek 12 week Plan from governments for restoration of power sharing institutions

4 September, 2006


Commenting after today's meeting of the Assembly's Preparation for Government Committee Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness said: "Sinn Féin is seeking urgent meetings with the Irish and British governments. We want to see a 12 week plan of work to restore the political institutions. He said if the governments are serious about establishing the political institutions before November 24th they need to be setting out their plan of action now.

Mr McGuinness said:

"The Hain Assembly has been in operation since May. There have been months of meetings of the Assembly and the Preparation for Government Committee. However the parties have yet to receive any proper schedule mapping out the Irish and British governments plans for what is going to happen over the next twelve weeks up to the November 24th deadline.

"Sinn Féin has sought urgent meetings with the Irish and British governments to demand such a plan. Plenary meetings in the Hain Assembly are pointless if they are not part of a schedule for the restoration of the political institutions.

"Our party leadership along with elected representatives will meet this Friday in Dublin. We will expect to receive indications from the two governments on their plan for the coming weeks before then.

"Public confidence requires a serious effort from the two governments in the coming weeks. Sinn Féin are committed to being part of any genuine effort which will see the institutions put back in place. But the one outstanding issue to be resolved remains the DUP attitude to power sharing. That needs to be the focus of the two governments over the next twelve weeks." ENDS

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