[Sinn Fein]

8 November 2000

David Trimble's `course for collapse'

Sinn Fein Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin MLA has accused Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble of setting the political process on a ``course for collapse''.  He said that the only people with the power to move Mr Trimble from his current position and avert the cuurent crisis are the two governments, but particularly the British Government.  Mr McLaughlin said:

``We are currently facing the most serious crisis yet in the peace process.  This crisis has been engineered by David Trimble and the Ulster Unionist Party and has been encouraged by the actions of the British Government over a long period.  The British Government has a responsibility to protect the integrity of the Good Friday Agreement - so far, they have failed to do this.

``The UUP has set the political process on a course for collapse:

``It is time for the British Government to use their power to force David Trimble to change course.  Otherwise. the result is clear to see.  David Trimble must be moved from his current strategy onto one which is within the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.  Only the governments - but particularly the British Government - have the power to achieve this.''

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