[Sinn Fein]

3rd February 2003

Sinn Fein Delegation meets British/Irish Inter-Parliamentary Group

A Sinn Fein delegation consisting of, Assembly Group Leader, Conor Murphy MLA, Michele Gildernew MP, MLA, Policing and Justice spokesperson, Gerry Kelly MLA, British Desk co-Ordinator, Dodie Mc Guinness and Louth TD, Arthur Morgan, was the first of the parties to meet with the British/Irish Parliamentary Group at Stormont this morning. The Inter-Parliamentary Group is made up of cross-party Members of the Dáil and the British Houses of Parliament.

Speaking on behalf of the delegation following the meeting Gerry Kelly described it as a "useful exchange of views".

Mr Kelly said:

" We raised a series of issue during our discussions with the Inter-Parliamentary Group empathising the negative impact the British governments continuous suspension of the Institutions is having on the whole process. Other issues that we raised included Policing and Justice, Human Rights, Demilitarisation and Equality.

We reminded the BIIPG that we are now entering into a period of intense discussions that the British government has the power to impact positively on by producing its plan for completion of the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.

We feel that the meeting provided an opportunity for a full and frank airing of our views."

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