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Adams to attend Clinton Global Initiative Conference in New York and visit Cuba

21 September, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, will travel to New York this weekend to take part in the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) conference organised by former US President Bill Clinton.

The Sinn Féin President will also address a Labour event in New York on Friday evening and will speak at a re-enactment at the Fenian Plot in Calvary Cemetery on Saturday morning of Padraig Pearse’s oration at the graveside of O’Donovan Rossa.

Gerry Adams will be in New York for the duration of the CGI and will then leave next Wednesday for Cuba for a four day visit.

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said:

“I am looking forward to the CGI conference and to the other events in New York. The CGI is an innovative project which brings together world leaders to devise and implement solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges, including poverty, climate change, inequality, and job creation. It has raised billions in support of projects since its foundation ten years ago.”

The Sinn Féin leader speaking of his visit to Cuba said:

“I am also looking forward to my visit to Cuba. I last visited Cuba 14 years ago in 2001 and much has changed since then.

“Sinn Féin has warmly welcomed efforts from the US and Cuba to normalise relations. During my visit I will reiterate Sinn Féin’s support for improving US-Cuban relationships and the lifting of the blockade which has done immeasurable damage.

“I also hope that this visit can help improve Irish-Cuban relations and I will be exploring ways in which our islands can improve trade and other bi-lateral links.

“Additionally the Colombian peace negotiations are taking place in Havana and we strongly support a positive outcome to these talks and the creations of a robust peace process. I hope to meet some of the negotiators as Conor Murphy MLA did in 2013.

“While in Cuba I will also brief Cuban representatives on the current crisis in the political institutions established by the Good Friday Agreement, as well as developments in the 26 counties and the upcoming general election.”

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