[Sinn Fein]

17th May 1999

Adams responds to UUP rejection of Friday's negotiations

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP responding to the Ulster Unionist Party rejection of the outcome of Friday's negotiations.

Mr. Adams said:

``Sinn Fein have refrained from making any definitive comment on the outcome of Friday's negotiations because we wanted to give the Ulster Unionist Party the space to consider those matters.

``Today's Ulster Unionist Party's leadership statement is clearly a rejection of Fridays proposals.

``I am resisting the temptation to respond to this statement as fully as it deserves at this time. However, I call upon David Trimble to make his position clear, particularly in the light of the last paragraph of todays UUP statement which says ``Additionally, the Ulster Unionist Party Leader did not present the Government's proposal as a final or agreed text to the Assembly members on Saturday. The proposal was incomplete and clearly insufficient in terms of clarity or substance.''

``There is an urgent duty on Mr. Trimble to spell out publicly his position on this matter. If this statement is an accurate account of what happened, then Mr. Trimble needs to explain why ?''

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