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Sinn Féin welcome for EU Commission President initiative on Peace Process

11 December, 2006

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has welcomed the initiative taken by the European Commission president José Manuel Barroso to invite the leaders of the four main parties to Brussels for talks as part of the ongoing process of completing a programme for government for the future Executive.

Ms de Brún said:

"The European Union has played an important role encouraging the development of the peace process in Ireland over the past decade and more. I am encouraged that the European Commission president José Manuel Barroso plans to build upon this by issuing invitations to the four parties which would make up any new Executive.

"Sinn Féin are anxious to see the job of putting together an acceptable programme for government for the incoming Executive completed quickly. We are also keen for a proper funding package to be put in place to allow any new executive to adequately tackle the important issues which are facing communities at this time and we have been working at European level on this for some time including our campaign to secure Peace III funding.

"Sinn Féin look forward to travelling to Brussels to meet with President Barroso and his team to discuss how best the EU can best continue to support the political process as we seek to put the power sharing and all-Ireland institutions back in place by March 26th." ENDS

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