[Sinn Fein]

26 September 1996

Sinn Fein postpones House of Commons meeting

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams this morning said:

``It is clear that the Labour Party leadership had placed Jeremy Corbyn and Tony Benn in an untenable position. I came here as a guest. I have no wish to create difficulties, especially for Jeremy or Tony, or those others, who have taken a progressive position on Ireland.

``The internal Labour Party dispute, which is in effect a McCarthy-style witch hunt, has been a major distraction from the real issues. However, in deference to Jeremy Corbyn and Tony Benn I have asked them to postpone our planned meeting this morning.

``The real shadow hanging over this visit is the vacuum, the very fragile, dangerous situation which exists at the moment. It is this crisis, over the absence of a real peace process in Ireland, which we should all be focusing on now with urgency and which the two governments, but especially Mr Major needs to tackle. The onus is on the British government to rebuild a peace process which its attitude undermined and which eventually collapsed.''

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