[Sinn Fein]

12 February 1997

Sinn Fein committed to ending conflict

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has described tonights death of a British soldier in South Armagh as a ``tragic event which re-emphasises the need for all of us to redouble our efforts to rebuild the peace process''.

Mr. Adams said:

``Sinn Fein's commitment is to our peace strategy and to ending the conflict here. In the last year British soldiers, IRA Volunteers and civilians have been killed by the British Army, the loyalists and the IRA.

``I deeply regret all of these killings. But statements of regret or ritualistic condemnations do not meet the seriousness of the situation. The way to end the conflict is through honest dialogue. Sinn Fein stands ready to enter into that dialogue. John Major must face up to his responsibilities. No one should be playing politics with peoples lives.''

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