[Sinn Fein]

28 August 2001

Sinn Fein to meet British Government

Speaking today Sinn Fein Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin has said that his party will be meeting the British Government tomorrow afternoon in a bid to kick start a process aimed at resolving the four outstanding issues.

Mr McLaughlin said:

`` The British Government told us that they were suspending the political institutions in order to create a six week period for further progress to be made on the four key areas, Policing, Demilitarisation, the stability of the political institutions and the issue of arms.

`` Since the suspension of the institutions on 11th August the British Government have sat on their hands. They have organised no meetings, held no discussions and engaged in no private dialogue.

`` Tomorrows meeting with the British Government is at our request and we will be discussing in detail the areas in which the British government's Implementation Plan still fails to bridge the gap to the Patten proposals.

`` It is our hope that tomorrows meeting will signal the start of an intensive period of dialogue aimed at resolving all of the outstanding issues.''

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