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McGuinness - Elections vital in creating new context

10 September, 2003

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator, Mid-Ulster MP Martin McGuinness speaking today said:

"Elections are a matter of political principle. It is vital to set a new context - create a new dynamic - without that there is no prospect of progress.

"But it must also be recognised that even with an election date that there is no guarantee of future initiatives from republicans.

"We have to remember the last time Mr Blair slapped republicans and the Taoiseach in the face by cancelling elections. This has created a deep well of anger and frustration.

"Moving things forward is not just the responsibility of republicans. There is a collective responsibility on all of us." ENDS

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