[Sinn Fein]

13th April 2003

Onus is on Governments to publish Joint Declaration

Commenting on the announcement that the IRA leadership have closed on a statement of their intentions and passed it onto the two governments, Sinn Fein MLA Alex Maskey said:

``I want to welcome this evenings announcement from the IRA that the two governments have received a statement of their intentions. This is clearly an important development.

``The onus is now on the two governments to publish their Joint Declaration. Sinn Fein would like to see all statements issued.

``I can confirm that Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness acted as a conduit for the two governments with the IRA.''

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