[Sinn Fein]

5 October 2001

Judgement should act as spur

Commenting on today's verdict in the High Court finding that David Trimble is acting unlawfully Sinn Fein Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP said:

``This is the second time that a court has found that David Trimble has been acting unlawfully. Mr. Trimble should acknowledge and accept this judgement.

``Throughout the entire time that the institutions have been established they have only operated without threat from the UUP or unlawful action from Mr. Trimble for a period of five months. This judgement should be the spur for the UUP to come back into the political process. They should end the politics of threat, walkout and ultimatum and work with the rest of us to make this succeed.

``This judgement does of course also pose challenges for the British government. Will John Reid continue with his policy of supporting the unionist veto over the political institutions or will he now act within the terms of the Agreement to ensure that the political institutions are allowed to operate unhindered.'' ENDS

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