[Sinn Fein]

1 April 1998

All must face up to their responsibilities

Speaking in Dublin after his meeting with the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams said:

``There is a huge responsibility on Irish Nationalist leaders at this time. Irish nationalists have been very generous in facing up to the challenges of this unique opportunity for peace. In contrast the unionist approach has been a begrudging and minimalist one.

``Clearly Unionists want nationalists and republicans to accept less than we are entitled to. If this phase of the process is to conclude in a transitional agreement, then it must resolve the causes of conflict.

``Anything else will not work. It will not be durable and it will not bring a lasting peace. I made these points to the British Secretary of State and to the British P.M. This morning the Taoiseach and I had a wide ranging discussion on every issue. It was a positive and constructive engagement.

``This process has to be about righting wrongs. Mr Blair has to rise to that challenge. A replay of the 1921 arrangement or a variation of it will not suffice. The two governments have to drive this process forward towards democracy''.

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