[Sinn Fein]

24th April 1999

Proposition could have potential to end crisis

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP, responding in Dublin to remarks made by John Hume this lunchtime, said:

``Six years ago this weekend, John Hume and I produced our first joint statement. Our goal then, as it is today, was to secure a permanent end to conflict and a democratic peace settlement.

``John Hume and I have discussed many times the assurances to all of the participants which are contained in the Good Friday Agreement.

``Recently, Mr. Hume put to Sinn Fein a proposition which he felt could end the current impasse.

``Last month in Washington and since, I have said that I am prepared to stretch the republican constituency in an effort to find a resolution to this unionist precondition, provided it is within the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

``Some of the leadership of Sinn Fein have discussed John Hume's suggestion, but it would obviously be a matter for our Ard Chomhairle. But if Mr. Trimble is prepared to go with it, then it could have the potential to end this crisis and move the peace process forward.''

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