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Sinn Féin meet Brian Cowen in Dublin

18 September, 2003

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP this morning led a party delegation, which included Seán Crowe TD and Derry representative Raymond McCartney, to meet with the Minister for Foreign Affairs Brian Cowen in Dublin. Speaking after the meeting Mr. McGuinness said:

"I am here in Dublin today to meet with Brian Cowen and Gerry Adams is meeting with David Trimble in Belfast as part of our efforts and determination to move beyond the current impasse.

"While much of Sinn Féin's focus in recent times has been on trying to ensure that the British Government set a date for an election today's meeting provided an opportunity to remind the Irish government that there are other issues which also need resolved.

"The current crisis within the Human Rights Commission and issues concerning the implementation of the equality agenda and the creation of an acceptable policing service were discussed.

"On the issue of demilitarisation there has been much hype and talk but we have seen very little signs of progress on that front, likewise with respect to the transfer of powers on policing and justice.

"While much of the two governments focus has been on what republicans are going to do we need to hear from Mr. Trimble that he is fully committed to this process and to making the institutions work." ENDS

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