[Sinn Fein]

16 September 1997

Talks process must not be delayed indefinitely - Adams

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has urged the British and Irish governments to ensure that the talks process is not delayed indefinitely because of the absence at the negotiating table of the unionist parties. Speaking on his arrival at Castle Buildings, Stormont, this morning Mr. Adams said:

``Everyone understands that making peace is a difficult business but there is also a widespread feeling that this cannot be indefinitely delayed because the unionist parties are afraid of the negotiating table. They are currently trying to renegotiate the process from outside and there is an understandable focus on all their manoeuvres and posturing.

``But let us be clear about what is driving the unionists at this time. They are afraid of real negotiations because they are afraid of change. But change has to come and progress has to be made. When progress is being prevented by fear then those who are not afraid must lead the way.

``The onus is on the two governments to do just this and to deliver on their commitments.''

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