21 January 2006

Sinn Féin calls for end to political deadlock


21/01/2006 - 12:32:31

Sinn Féin today called for an end to the deadlock in Northern Ireland politics and said it was time the DUP joined the party in Government at Stormont.

Gerry Adams described the current impasse as farcical and warned that the political institutions and the Good Friday Agreement faced a decisive year.

The Sinn Féin President said the IRA’s decision to end its armed struggle had created the conditions to move the peace process forward and end British Direct Rule in the province.

Mr Adams said: “Sinn Féin is ready for progress and ready for the challenge of serving in Government with the DUP.

“We have told the Governments that republican initiatives have created new conditions for progress and that the onus is now on them to advance the process and re-establish the political institutions.”

The West Belfast MP said it was unacceptable that the current assembly, which was elected in November 2003, had never met.

Mr Adams added: “The stalemate cannot continue.

“There needs to be a genuine effort to end it in the months ahead.

“2006 will be a make-or-break year for the institutions and the Good Friday Agreement.”

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