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People watching outcome of Ahern/Blair meeting closely

15 September, 2006


Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP said that people would be watching closely the outcome of today's meeting between the Taoiseach and the British Prime Minister. He said that it was crucial that a clear signal was sent out that the two governments are committed to the Good Friday Agreement and are serious about moving forward in the weeks leading up to November 24th

Mr McGuinness said:

"Given the position adopted by Ian Paisley after his meeting in Downing Street earlier this week when he indicated that the DUP were not prepared to share power with nationalists and republicans people will be watching closely the outcome of today's meeting between the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and the British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

"We are now on a 10 week countdown to the November 24th deadline. It is crucial that if significant progress is to be made during this period that the two governments send out a clear signal that they are standing by the Good Friday Agreement and are committed to seeing it implemented. They must also ensure that the political process which they have allowed to become stalled has fresh momentum breathed into it.

"There is no doubt that if the governments adopt the correct approach to the coming period that progress can be made." ENDS

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