[Sinn Fein]

6 October 1998

Political Process Drifting

Statement from north Belfast assembly member, Gerry Kelly, highlighting the sense of `drift' at the centre of the political process following the failure to establish the institutions under the Good Friday Agreement.

Mr. Kelly said:

``The opposition by David Trimble to the setting up of the Executive and the other institutions has created a sense of drift in the political process. The attempt by unionists to hollow out those aspects of the Good Friday Agreement which they are opposed to has created inertia in government circles. There is clearly a lack of momentum in moving this situation forward and the 31st October deadline looms nearer.

``Sinn Fein has a right to Executive office and nationalists are entitled to places on the all-Ireland Ministerial council. The British and Irish governments are obliged to defend these rights through the full implementation of the Agreement and they should do so speedily to arrest the drift.''

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