[Sinn Fein]

12 January 1999

Nationalists won't be bullied by Taylor

Sinn Fein Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin has dismissed UUP Deputy Leader John Taylor's assertion that Sinn Fein will not get into the Executive as `the arrogant and bullying language of a Unionist politician who still thinks its 1969.'

Mr. McLaughlin said:

``Sinn Fein and the other participants, including Mr. Taylor know exactly what we negotiated in the Good Friday Agreement. That means no preconditions on Sinn Fein taking up its rightful two places in the executive. And the setting up of an all-Ireland Ministerial Council and the policy and implementation bodies.

``Mr. Taylor can continue to deny this but it won't change the facts. Decommissioning is not a precondition on two Sinn Fein ministers in the Executive. Political progress is dependent on the full implementation of the Agreement and on the participants honouring their commitments. Mr. Taylor either keeps his word or he breaks it. Keeping it means no preconditions and the speedy establishment of the institutions.''

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