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Adams - disappointment at Ian Paisley's decision not to attend Programme for Government meeting in Stormont

17 October, 2006

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams speaking late this afternoon on the days developments in the peace process said:

"A lot of people will be disappointed by the refusal of Ian Paisley to attend the Programme for Government Committee. There was a lot of hope among people that today would see the political parties stepping into a new phase of this process.

"Mr. Paisley has accused the British government of bad faith. He has not accused Sinn Féin of bad faith. He obviously has the political resolution to that problem in his own hands. He should talk directly to Sinn Féin on these matters.

"Sinn Féin has put forward suggestions about the pledge of office which would, in our opinion strengthen it. If Mr. Paisley has other suggestions then he should come along and talk to us and resolve these issues. I hope he does so speedily.

"There was a problem today. We didn't create the problem. Mr. Paisley has to resolve the problem he has highlighted and I wish him well in doing that. Within the terms of the Good Friday Agreement and our rights and our entitlements, and the future for all of the people who live on this island, then Sinn Féin will be helpful."ENDS

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