[Sinn Fein]

18th May 1999

Back Downing Street Proposals - Adams

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP has called on the two governments and all the party leaders who participated in the Downing Street discussions to ``uphold the spirit and the letter of the position agreed between them last Friday.''

Mr. Adams said:

``I have requested a meeting with the British Prime Minister Tony Blair tomorrow. From our perspective the focus of that meeting will be once again to save the Good Friday Agreement.

``We are very disappointed that the UUP are still refusing to joing with the rest of us in that endeavour.

Mr. Trimble emerged from his party meeting on Saturday seeking clarification, which I thought to be fair enough. But it is now Tuesday and I would be very surprised if clarification had not yet been provided.

``Mr. Trimble's main aim at this time appears to be to play for time and to use the request for clarification as a cover for renegotiating and delay. This does not set a very good context for resolving those outstanding matters but Sinn Fein will do out best.''ENDS

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