[Sinn Fein]

11 July 1998

Orange Order should lift siege on Garvaghy Road

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP has called on the Orange Order to lift their siege on Garvaghy Road as a sign of good faith.

Mr. Adams said:

``Sinn Fein supports the residents of Garvaghy Road in their attempts to end the siege of their community. I welcome their response to the British Prime Minister's proposal to establish `indirect contact talks between the residents of Garvaghy Road and the Orange Order'.

``The residents willingness to enter into this proposal is a sign of their generosity. It has to be remembered that the Orangemen are entirely in the wrong in their refusal to talk and that the residents are entirely right in their willingness to talk. Face-to-face talks are an essential part of any voluntary accommodation which everyone except the Orangemen agrees is the only way to resolve these issues. Such talks have a better chance of succeeding if they are conducted in a peaceful environment, free from the threat of intimidation and the climate of siege.

``I consider the residents' willingness to engage as a sign of their good faith. The lifting of the siege of Garvaghy Road and of the blockades and other protest activity is not only a necessary part of a resolution process, it would also be a sign of good faith by the Orange Order. David Trimble should use his influence and call upon the Orange Order to facilitate this reasonable request.''ENDS

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