[Sinn Fein]

14 August 2001

Adams on IRA statement

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP, MLA commenting on today s IRA statement said:

``No one can be surprised by this latest development.

``I believe the IRA proposal was a very genuine one but more important than that it was endorsed by the IICD.

``For the unionists to reject the IICD determination, and for the British government to do what it did is hardly the stuff of peace making.

``I appreciate the universal welcome that the IICD determination received, most notably from the Taoiseach, but also across the spectrum of progressive opinion.

``It is clear that this issue will only be resolved in the context of political progress.  The British government should know that by now.''


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