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Sinn Fein determined to make real progress – Adams

25 March, 2007

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has spoken this evening to the Downing Street and expects to speak to the British Prime Minister later. Martin McGuinness has talked to the Irish government several times today.

Speaking this evening as efforts continue to try and secure the return of the power-sharing institutions Gerry Adams said:

'Sinn Féin is determined to make real progress and achieve the restoration of the political institutions.

Two weeks ago the clearly expressed democratic wish of the electorate was for the return of the political institutions. And all of the political parties except the DUP are ready to do this.

This has to be the outcome of the very intense efforts which are currently taking place.

Otherwise additional water charges and other punitive and unfair measures will be introduced by unaccountable British Direct Rule Ministers.

If the DUP remains unwilling or unable to reach an agreement with Sinn Fein and the other parties then the governments have to move ahead with their all-Ireland partnership arrangements." ENDS

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