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McGuinness - Assembly should meet on November 24th

10 November, 2006


Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP and Six County MEP Bairbre deBrún today held a press conference in Belfast as parties responded to the proposals put forward by the two governments at St. Andrews. Mr McGuinness said that he "firmly believed that all of the outstanding difficulties can be resolved and that on November 24th the Assembly must meet as set out at St. Andrews for the nominations of the First and Deputy First Minister as joint and co-equal partners in a new power-sharing government." Mr. McGuinness said he was willing to sit down with Ian Paisley in the morning and called on the governments to help make this happen by convening a meeting of the Programme for Government Committee.

Mr. McGuinness said:

"Earlier this week the Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle mandated the party leadership to follow the course set out at St. Andrews and to continue with the ongoing negotiations to overcome all of the outstanding issues. We have been in daily contact with the British and Irish governments since then.

"Today all of the other parties responded to the proposals put forward by the two governments at St. Andrews. Now the serious business has to begin.

"I firmly believe that all of the challenges we face can be overcome. On November 24th the Assembly must meet as set out at St. Andrews for the nominations of the First and Deputy First Minister as joint and co-equal partners in a new power-sharing government.

"Sinn Féin are willing to sit down with Ian Paisley and the leadership of the DUP to start preparing for government.

"The British and Irish governments could help make this happen by convening a meeting of the Programme for Government Committee. It is important that momentum is injected into this process and that a political vacuum is not allowed to develop. Dialogue is the key to all of this." ENDS

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