[Sinn Fein]

8 April 1998

Irish Nationalism will not be faced down

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP and Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness held a meeting this morning with An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Following the meeting Mr Adams said ``The Taoiseach is very focused.''

The Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP and Martin McGuinness, speaking just before their meeting with the British Prime Minister Tony Blair said:

``The temptation for the Britsh government and the history of British involvement is to face down nationalism. This perpetuates Unionist intransigence. This may have worked expediently in the past but the legacy has left a mess. It will not work now.

``Our position is reasonable and we will not move away from the position we have put. We are prepared to negotiate, to talk to everyone who will talk to us.

``We are mindful of the Unionist perspective, but on the core issues of justice, equality and the right of the people of this island to live together in peace without division, no British government will face us down.

``This particular generation of Irish republicans will not be faced down by any British government on any of the core issues.''

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