[Sinn Fein]

18th June 2003

British Still Denying Right To Vote

Commenting on recent developments within unionism Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams said:

``The real test for the leadership of the UUP is not how it manages its party, but whether it is prepared to work the Good Friday Agreement, and in particular the institutions in a sustainable and committed way.

``The up-down existence of the Assembly and the Executive has done more to erode confidence in the Agreement than anything else,

``The British government's dismissive attitude to republican initiatives, it's pandering to unionism and its cancellation of the election, has been central to creating the current political crisis.

``The first step needed to inject momentum and hope back into the process is for Mr Blair to set a firm date for the elections.

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