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Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle to meet amid concerns at DUP position

9 January, 2007


Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness speaking today following a meeting of the party Officer Board expressed "deep concern" at Ian Paisley's comments yesterday rejecting out of hand Tony Blair's assessment of the DUP's position. He said Sinn Féin will remain in contact with the governments in the coming days to "try and move beyond the current difficulties".

Mr McGuinness said:

"The party Officer Board met in Dublin today to assess the current situation. There was deep concern expressed at Ian Paisley's comments yesterday rejecting out of hand Tony Blair's assessment of the DUP's position.

"The DUP clearly need to be given some time to reflect because if they are now ruling out power sharing on March 26th and the transfer of powers on policing and justice by May 2008 this is a serious development.

"The Ard Chomhairle motion is predicated upon a commitment by the leadership of the DUP to power sharing in the St. Andrews timeframe.

"Sinn Féin will remain in contact with the governments in the coming days to try and move beyond the current difficulties."

The party Ard Chomhairle will meet in Dublin on Saturday at 1pm at the Great Southern Hotel at Dublin Airport. ENDS

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