15 July 1996
Mayhew's response without substance
In response to Patrick Mayhew's speech in the House of Commons today, Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness said:
``Patrick Mayhew's response to events of the past ten days in the British House of Commons today, was completely without substance. Mr. Mayhew was face to face with David Trimble and refused to avail of the opportunity to either censure or rebuke him in regards to his activities and responsibility for the destruction and murders of the past ten days.
``Instead he pointedly, on a number of occasions, attacked John Bruton. He also made perfectly clear, his intention to rebut Mr. Bruton's assessment of the British government's handling of the situation. This arrogant attitude, which in itself was one of the ingredients leading to these events, shows that the proposed meeting between the two governments is intended to be confrontational rather than an attempt to find accommodation and agreement. This is unacceptable. The two governments must move with the utmost urgency towards bringing all parties to the negotiating table without pre-conditions.''
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