[Sinn Fein]

Adams accuses Trimble and Smyth

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams commenting on events at Drumcree, the overnight actions of the Orange Order and the murder of a Catholic man in Lurgan said:

``Those who have orchestrated the events at Drumcree and the campaign of protests across the north cannot wash their hands of responsibility for the threats and violence and the death which have occurred as a consequence.

``The Unionist and Orange Order leadership are clearly not seeking accommodation. On the contrary they understand totally the confrontational effect of their playing the orange card. Mr. Trimble and Mr. Smyth seek domination over accommodation, victory over compromise, triumph over dialogue.

``This difficult issue will not be solved by orange victories or triumphalism or domination by one side over the other.

``It is unfair that small isolated nationalist communities be placed under siege from the massed ranks of orangism.

``What is now urgently needed is a dialogue between nationalists and unionists. Last year, and again some months ago I wrote to the Rev. Martin Smyth suggesting that we meet. I would still like to arrange such a meeting because I believe that this issue can only be effectively tackled if an accommodation can be found which applies to every situation.''

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