15 September 2001
Making peace process work is most fitting tribute to USA victims
Speaking after a meeting of the Sinn Fein Ard Comhairle in Dublin today the party President Gerry Adams has said that the most fitting tribute Irish people can make to the memory of all those who were so tragically killed in the USA this week is to make our peace process work.
Mr. Adams said:
``This is the first meeting of the Ard Comhairle since the tragic events in New, Washington and Pittsburgh. We took the opportunity to extend our sincerest condolences to the American people and in particular to the families of our friends who have been killed and injured.
``I related to the leadership of Sinn Fein that in 1999 some Irish American friends of ours associated with Friends of Sinn Fein organised an event for us in the Windows on the World restaurant on the top floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Centre. They took immense pride in the occasion as they showed us the breath-taking views of their city.
``Regrettably one of the organisers of that event is among those missing since the attack on the Centre on Tuesday. I have spoken to friends in New York who have expressed their fears that there is little hope of finding him alive. Tragically there are almost certainly others we met on that trip who will be counted among the deceased.
``I told the Ard Comhairle that the most fitting tribute that Irish people can make to the memory of all those who were so tragically killed in the USA this week is to redouble our efforts in making our peace process work.
``We in the Sinn Fein leadership have rededicated ourselves to the task of resolving the outstanding problems that confront us all in our search for a lasting peace in Ireland.''
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