[Sinn Fein]

14th September 1999

Sinn Fein Positive despite concern at UUP attitude

Speaking before today's meeting with Senator George Mitchell Sinn Fein Vice President Pat Doherty has said that his party was approaching the Review process in a positive and constructive manner. But this is set against a background of growing concerns about the UUP commitment to implementing the Good Friday Agreement.

Mr. Doherty said:

``Last week Sinn Fein gave Senator Mitchell a commitment that we would approach the review press in a positive and constructive manner. This is still our intention despite growing concerns that the UUP as a whole have rejected the fundamental changes which they signed up to under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

``This review as stated by Senator Mitchell last week is not a renegotiation of the Good Friday Agreement. The political institutions envisaged under the Good Friday Agreement have not been established. We will again express our belief that this should now happen.

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

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