[Sinn Fein]

22 January 1996

Damning Indictment of Major

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has described British Prime Minister John Major's remarks this morning as ``a clear admission of failure by this British government. It is a public acknowledgement by Mr. Major that the talks process which he constructed at Stormont has failed.''

Mr. Adams said:

``Three months ago John Hume and I placed before John Major reasonable proposals which were designed to create a credible process of negotiations, against the backdrop of a peaceful environment.

``John Major rejected those proposals choosing instead to stick with a talks process which he now admits has no integrity and has failed. This is a damning indictment of the British government's approach to the search for peace.

``Peace in Ireland should mean more than hanging on to power for a few extra weeks. John Major should call the election now and allow those of us who want to make peace our priority to get on with that effort.''

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