22 May 1996
Sinn Fein Ard Chomhairle representative Martin McGuinness speaking today shortly before the meeting between Mr. Spring and Mr. Mayhew urged both governments to ``apply greater urgency and focus to their efforts to resolve the outstanding differences over June 10th.''
Mr. McGuinness said:
``At this critical time the two governments, and particularly, given its record, the British government, have to demonstrate leadership and urgency and there must be clarity.
``All the parties need to know what is going to happen on June 10th. Last November in a joint communique the two governments announced their intention to commence all-party talks. Six months later and they still have not agreed an agenda.
``A decommissioning conference will not restore the peace process. What is required are real and meaningful negotiations.
``London and Dublin must apply greater urgency and focus to their efforts to resolve the outstanding differences over June 10th.''
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