[Sinn Fein]

10 August 1998

Sinn Fein Strategy to End War

Sinn Fein Vice President and assembly member for West Tyrone, Pat Doherty in response to the Fine Gael leader John Bruton's attack on Gerry Adams has said that `` bringing an end to war requires more than words or word games.'' Doherty speaking in Tyrone continued `` that Mr Bruton's pandering to the failed agenda of certain sections of unionism, who wanted to delay change, was doing no favour to the unionist community or to the vast majority of Irish people who want to see the Ageement work.''

Mr Doherty said:

``John Bruton's statement again demonstrates his inability to grasp the basis on which the peace process was built.The agreement produced by the Peace Process was negotiated on an inclusive basis, where all the parties in attendence at the talks brought their analysis to bear on all the issues.Those parties and the two governments then signd up to what had been negotiated.That is now the basis on which we all move forward to secure agreement and a lasting peace.

``There has been an attempt to erode and delay the implementation of those issues of concern to nationalists by the elements in Unionism and the British Government who want to return to the failed policies of the past John Bruton must try to understand that he is doing no favour to Unionists by encouraging and pandering to this element.

``Sinn Fein is not at war with anyone. Bringing an end to war requires more than words or word games.Ending the war requires an effective process of conflict resolution which addresses and removes the causes of conflict. It demands action, consistent and continious until we have a democratic peace settlemen which has taken effect.

``Sinn Fein's peace strategy seeks to achieve that goal. When we achieve that democratic peace settlement ,then we can all truly say, that conflict is part of our past,that the war is over.John Bruton should stop undermining the basis on which that can happen.''ENDS

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