[Sinn Fein]

1 September 1997

Back peace efforts - Adams to tell US

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP speaking prior to his visit to the United States said ``President Clinton, the US political establishment, and Irish America have in recent years played a pivotal role in the search for peace. We want to thank them for their efforts and encourage their continued involvement in the pursuit of peace in Ireland.''

Mr Adams said:

``Our visit this week has a number of specific objectives. We will be talking to talking to the White House and to political leaders in Washington, and briefing them on the current situation. We will give them our considered view of the prospects for the negotiations, we will thank them for their support in recent years and we will ask them to redouble their efforts in the difficult times ahead.

``In our conversations and engagement with Irish-America we will take the opportunity to thank them for never giving up on peace and for their support and encouragement in the recent past. We will also ask Irish America to redouble its efforts to ensure that US backing for the peace process does not waver.''

Mr. Adams concluded:

``We are entering the most critical phase of the peace process todate, and probably the most crucial peace talks this century. The time ahead will be fraught with difficulties. We must keep our focus firmly fixed on the prize of a democratic peace settlement, and in seeking to achieve that goal we need the help and assistance of US political and public opinion.''

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