[Sinn Fein]

23rd July 1999

Sinn Fein continues to work for Agreement

North Belfast Assembly member, Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly speaking after a bi-lateral meeting with the PUP said:

``Our meeting with the PUP this morning was constructive and worthwhile. The meeting took place at our request and is one of a series to inform all of the other parties as to our assessment of the state of the peace process.

``We discussed a range of issues affecting the peace process and the proposed review of those aspects of the Good Friday Agreement which are in default. I.E. the establishment of the Executive, the all-Ireland Minisirial Council, British Irish Council and the Implementation Bodies.

``We stressed the importance of all of the pro-agreement parties taking their responsibility to implement the Agreement as negotiated seriously. We voiced our concern that the Ulster Unionists are being allowed to stall the whole process on the basis of guns that are silent.

``And although the main burden of responsibility for that lies with David Trimble ultimately the buck stops with Tony Blair. The British government has moved away from the Good Friday Agreement and backwards in the direction of exclusion. It has conceded to the Unionist politics of veto which clearly breaches the letter and spirit of the Agreement.'

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