[Sinn Fein]

22 January 1998

Adams in constructive meeting with Labour Party

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams speaking after a meeting with the Labour Party in Dublin today, called on people in the 26 Counties to demonstrate their support for a real peace settlement . Also on the Sinn FÈin delegation were Vice President Pat Doherty, General Secretary Lucilita Bhreatnach, Councillor Joe Reilly and party representative for Dublin South West Se.n Crowe.

Mr Adams said:

``The meeting today between Sinn Fein and the Labour Party was a worthwhile and constructive engagement and is the first of a series of meetings between the parties. The discussions centred around the present political situation and the role that parties not in the talks can play in moving the situation beyond the present crisis.

``We both agreed that the objective of the talks process was to find a lasting agreement among the people of the Island and it was stressed that there can be no internal partitionist settlement or a return to Stormont rule.

``We agreed on the importance of the talks process and necessity for all parties to engage fully in the process.

``We outlined our view that the campaign of sectarian killings is designed to terrorise the nationalist population, lower their political expectations and prevent the achievment of a lasting agreement.''

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