[Sinn Fein]

1st February 2000

Sinn Fein response to developments

Statement from Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams responding to todays developments. Mr. Adams said:

``Today's report that the IRA has said that they pose no threat to the peace process and that they are committed to the search for a permanent peace is both welcome and significant.

``These reports are further evidence of the IRA's ongoing positive contribution to the peace process. It is clear that the IRA have been engaged positively with the IICD.

``Mr. Mandleson needs to exercise caution in his public comments. It is the IICD's remit to work with the armed groups to address the issue of decommissioning and obviously to make assessments on progress. The unionists will seize on comments from Mr. Mandleson regarding this matter to support their own position.''

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