[Sinn Fein]

14 May 1998

Good Faith Essential

Sinn Fein National Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin, responding to the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, said:

``We will study closely the full text of Mr Blair's speech.

``People know that the decisions taken at last Sunday's Sinn Fein Ard Fheis were difficult for many republicans. They were taken in good faith. We expect good faith in return. These decisions represent a deeply significant contribution by Sinn Fein to the search for a real and durable peace settlement, particularly given the opposition of Sinn Fein members and many nationalists to a northern Assembly.

``The mechanisms for change need to deliver change. Justice delayed or diluted is justice denied. Nationalist rights are not concessions that are the gift of unionism or the British government to give or to withhold.

``I also want to stress Sinn Fein's commitment to a genuine good faith engagement with unionism and its leaders. Sinn Fein is prepared to play our part in the collective task of managing the changes which are coming.''

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