[Sinn Fein]

7th June 1999

Set date for re-convened talks - Adams

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP has been in touch with both governments, and is seeking an urgent meeting with the British Secretary of State, Mo Mowlam, to urge the two governments to urgently re-convene the Downing Street discussions.

Mr. Adams said:

``The vacuum generated by the failure to implement the Good Friday Agreement is being increasingly filled by loyalist bomb and gun attacks on nationalists, and the wholesale intimidation of the Garvaghy Road community.

``Ten men, women and children have died as a result of this intimidation and these attacks, including Elizabeth O'Neill on Saturday.

``The rejectionists and the right wing of unionism are being allowed to dictate the political agenda, to subvert the peace press and undermine public morale. This situation needs to be reversed. All of the parties need to be brought together.

``The two governments should now indicate their intention to reconvene the Downing Street discussions so that the political institutions can be put in place in advance of June 30th. These talks should begin immediately after the election. Too much time has already been wasted.''

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