[Sinn Fein]

16 June 1997

RUC Killings - Adams shocked

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams in an initial response to the news reports this morning of two RUC members being killed in Lurgan said:

``At a personal and at a human level I am shocked. I think that any death in this situation diminishes all of us. These deaths must act as a huge incentive on those of us in political leadership to redouble our efforts to get the peace process restored.''

Mr. Adams was given the news about these killings by a journalist at a press reception on the Falls Road. The West Belfast MP said:

``I am not going to knee-jerk in response to this tragedy, as other politicians and commentators have done in the recent past, for example, when Robert Bates was killed. I am not in that business. I don't want to see anyone getting killed.

``I don't want to say anything at this time which could possibly worsen the situation. This is a time for calm, for all of us to reflect on the situation and to see how we can move all of the different elements out of conflict and into a just and lasting peace settlement.''

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