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Maskey - Sinn Féin to meet British Minister John Spellar

11 August, 2003

Sinn Féin Representatives Alex Maskey and Conor Murphy will this afternoon meet with British Direct Rule Minister John Spellar at Castle Buildings at 2pm. The meeting will discuss the cancelled Assembly elections, the Human Rights Commission and the need to see the Good Friday Agreement implemented.

Cllr. Maskey said:

" This afternoon's meeting will provide an opportunity for us to again demand from the British government a date certain for the Assembly elections. It is obvious to us all that the political institutions are at the very centre of the Agreement.

" The absence of these institutions and the cancellation of the Assembly elections by the British government has put great pressure on the entire process. As has ongoing and very public difficulties within the Human Rights Commission.

" This situation has been worsened by the British government pandering to negative and reactionary unionism. As we head this week into yet another round of internal unionist wrangling we will make it clear that if the crisis is to be resolved we need to see a date set for the elections and we need to see the political institutions re-established." ENDS

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