[Sinn Fein]

29 May 1998

McLaughlin urges `good faith'

Sinn Fein Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin today called for all parties and particularly David Trimble to approach the forthcoming period with good faith. Sinn Fein have approached this whole process in a positive and inclusive manner and now urge David Trimble to do likewise.

Mr. McLaughlin said:

``David Trimble must now act decisively on a range of issues in order to demonstrate his willingness to approach this new opportunity in a positive manner. I would urge Mr. Trimble to immediately talk to Sinn Fein. As the Orange marching season approaches he should immediately enter into dialogue with his own constituents on the Garvaghy Road in order to prevent provocative Orange marches going through this area and indeed others throughout the six counties.

``There is a lot of concern that the Unionist party are intent on wrecking the assembly if they don't get their way. The recent threat from John Taylor to collapse the assembly after a month if it isn't to their interest has justifiably caused alarm. David Trimble must act now to assure people that he will not tolerate elements within his own party who are planning to wreck the assembly. A clear signal of his good faith in this regard would be for Mr. Trimble to prevent ``no'' candidates, such as John Hunter, from the entering the assembly under the UUP banner.''

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