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Sinn Fein comment on negotiations proposal

5 September, 2006

Commenting after the British Secretary of State Peter Hain announced that the two governments planned an intensive series of talks outside Ireland next month, Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew said:

"Sinn Féin yesterday called on the two governments to set out clearly a timetable for the restoration of the political institutions governing the 12 week period up to November 24th. A credible work plan is essential. A two day negotiations session outside Ireland will only be meaningful if it is part of such a planned approach.

"The only party opposed to 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. Sinn Féín are ready and willing to go back into a fully functioning Assembly and Executive in the morning. The only blockage is anti-Agreement stance of Ian Paisley and his party." ENDS

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