[Sinn Fein]

23 September 1996

Arrests in London

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams commenting on last nights events in London said:

``I regret the fact that someone has been killed and I extend my sympathy to their family.

``Clearly this incident underlines the seriousness of the current situation. We have lived with a political vacuum for some time now and that is entirely dangerous.

``Last nights events, like those of the summer months, underline the need to fill this vacuum with a real process of inclusive negotiations.

``I would appeal to Mr Major, even at this late stage, to take up the challenge of building a real peace process. The onus is on the British government to build confidence in a new reconstructed process.

``All of this presents great challenges for everyone. But we have to keep our eyes firmly fixed on the prize of peace. That is what is important and that has to be the focus of the people who genuinely want to build a peace process.''

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