[Sinn Fein]

2 September 1998

Good Friday Agreement must be implemented speedily

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP in a statement today said:

``Sinn Fein believe that the whole hearted implementation of the Good Friday Agreement has the capacity to transform the existing situation through constructive and dynamic political development. Sinn Fein accordingly believe that all participants to the Agreement must now act with renewed commitment to the implementation of all aspects of it within the timescale of the Agreement.

``Sinn Fein has repeatedly outlined our view that a lasting peace settlement requires the removal forever of all the guns from the political equation in Ireland. The issue of arms must be finally and satisfactorily settled. This and the removal of the causes of conflict is an absolute requirement of the successful construction of a lasting peace settlement.

``In keeping with the Good Friday Agreement we are committed to working constructively and in good faith with the International commission.

``Sinn Fein have appointed Martin McGuinness as our representative to meet with the Independent International commission on decommissioning.

``Sinn Fein will continue to work to ensure that all parties fulfil their commitments to implement all aspects of the Agreement.''

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