[Sinn Fein]

8th January 2003

Sinn Fein Continue With Engagement

Speaking today in Belfast in advance of his meeting with the British Prime Minister Tony Blair Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams said:

``The ability of the Sinn Fein leadership and the two governments to devise a plan to sort out political crisis' has happened quite a few times in the last four years.

``Maybe it can be done again but even if we do that, the bar which the unionists have raised is very, very, very high indeed. I don't see any sense at this time of any section of unionism running into the elections prepared to engage on a pro-Agreement axis.

``It is my belief that these issues can be resolved. That the Agreement can be implemented. However can this be done in the immediate time ahead? I don't know.

``The Sinn Fein leadership will continue to engage with the two governments and the rest of the parties. The onus however rests with the two governments and the British government in particular. We must see in the time ahead their plan to implement the Agreement in all its aspects.''

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