[Sinn Fein]

24 September 1997

Adams welcomes decision to negotiate on the substantive issues

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP has welcomed the decision by the two governments and all of the parties to ``negotiate on the substantive issues.''

Mr. Adams said:

``This is an historic day.

``All of the participants have voted to move into negotiation on the substantive issues.

``There is a heavy onus on all of the parties to now get down to the real and urgent business of making peace.

``We look forward to putting to the other participants our republican analysis and our vision for a New Ireland, united and democratic, and at peace.

``We also look forward to listening to the views of the others.

``Our shared responsibility is to now make peace a reality.''

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