[Sinn Fein]

16th April 1998

Governments challenged

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams speaking at a press conference at Parliament buildings has challenged the British and Irish governments to state in, ``clear unambiguous terms'', whether they have abandoned the Good Friday Agreement.

Mr. Adams said:

``It is now widely acknowledged that the Hillsborough Declaration is a move away from the Good Friday Agreement.

``It is clear that the two governments, under pressure from David Trimble, have moved away from the common ground of the Good Friday Agreement, shared by all the pro-agreement parties last April, to the much narrower ground occupied by the Ulster Unionist Party. Whilst this may have been an attempt to break the log jam created by the Unionist tactical approach the reality that the two governments are in breach of their obligations under the terms of the agreement because they have failed to establish the institutions one year later.

``Sinn Fein is challenging the British and Irish governments to publicly state whether they have abandoned the Good Friday Agreement in favour of the Hillsborough Declaration.

``Almost two million people voted last year for the Good Friday Agreement. They are entitled to know the government's intentions.''

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