[Sinn Fein]

13th September 1999

UUP rejecting fundamental changes

Statement from Sinn Fein Vice President Pat Doherty accusing the UUP of `rejecting the fundamental change' envisaged under the Good Friday Agreement. Mr. Doherty's comments come in light of John Taylors rejection of the Good Friday Agreement and todays meeting of the UUP executive.

Mr. Doherty said:

``The recent signals from withinthe UUP can only strengthen the view that the UUP as a whole have rejected the fundamnetal changes which they signed up to under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

``It was the UUP which wanted this review. Their attitude in recent days towards it is causing growing concern. The review can only succeed if all participants approach it in a positive and constructive manner. Sinn Fein, despite all of the obvious difficulties, gave this commitment to Senator Mitchell last week.

``The Good Friday Agreement was endorsed by the overwhelming majority of the people on the island. There is a democratic imperative to implement the agreement. In the absence of a positive approach from the UUP there is an obvious onus on the two governments and particularly the British government to create the conditions where the necessary changes can happen.''

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