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Progress is primarily the responsibility of the two governments - Adams

22 September, 2006

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams is on the third day of a visit to the USA. Since his arrival he has attended a small reception for Heads of State and Foreign dignitaries attending the Clinton Global Initiative event and addressed the prestigious New York based Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Adams provided the Council with an update on the current state of the peace process in Ireland.

He said:

"The key to stability and progress in any peace process is the guarantee that the status quo, which led to the conflict, is changing and that discriminatory and repressive policies used in the past are being abandoned and replaced by a rights based inclusive dispensation based on equality..

"Unionist political leaders have demonstrated time after time a predisposition toward diluting, minimizing and if possible stopping change. All of us have a duty to persuade unionism that the peace process and inclusive arrangements between the parties is the only road which can lead to a better future. The principle responsibility for advancing the rights and entitlements of citizens contained in the Good Friday Agreement lies with the two governments. And these cannot be vetoed by the DUP.

Next months discussions are not therefore about a choice between Plan A - the restoration of the institutions and the implementation of the Agreement - and Plan B - the two governments agreeing new partnership arrangements to implement human rights, justice, economic, and policing arrangements. What is required is a clear commitment from the two government that they are determined to move ahead whatever happens with a continuous, seamless process of change." ENDS

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