[Sinn Fein]

7 January 1997

British need `strategy for peace'

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams responding to what some media reports have today described as John Major's `gloomiest assessment of the situation', said ``it is still not too late for John Major to redeem himself.''

Mr. Adams urged the British Prime Minister to ``even now delevop a realistic strategy for peace and demonstrate political vision for the future.''

Mr. Adams said:

``The British government has repeatedly demonstrated an inability to provide proper leadership while constantly retreating back to the old invective of demonisation and marginalisation. This has not worked in the past and will not bring peace in the future.

``What did work in 1994, and what can work again, is a strategy which seeks to bring everyone in a credible talks process. What is required at this very difficult time is a strategy for peace on all sides but especially from the British government. It is still not too late for John Major to redeem himself.''

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