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Sinn Féin to hold Murphy discussions on Monday morning

21 September, 2003

As part of a series of ongoing discussions aimed at resolving the current crisis within the peace process Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP and party colleague Cllr. Alex Maskey will meet with the British Secretary of State Paul Murphy at Hillsborough tomorrow morning at 9am. The delegation will be available to speak to the media following the meeting.

Speaking tonight in advance of the meeting South Belfast Sinn Féin Representative Alex Maskey said:

"Sinn Féin have for some time been involved in a series of discussions with the two governments aimed at resolving the current impasse in the peace process. This impasse has been caused by the suspension of the political institutions and the cancellation of the elections to the Assembly.

"Much of the focus has clearly been on getting the British government to announce a definite date for the elections to be held. But elections are only a part of what is required. There are a range of issues which need to be addressed and resolved. These include policing, human rights, justice and demilitarisation.

"Tomorrow's meeting with the British Secretary of State Paul Murphy will again afford us the opportunity to continue to press the British government to honour their commitments under the Agreement and restore the democratic imperative into the political process by calling an Assembly election." ENDS

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