[Sinn Fein]

13 October 1998

Unionist veto must not prevail

Statement from Sinn Fein president, Gerry Adams, MP, speaking in Philadelphia on the third day of his trip to the US.

Mr. Adams said:

``The Unionist veto in Irish politics has been disastrous from the outset. In the past, both recent and distant, British governments give way to it and we have all had to live with the consequences of such a policy of appeasement.

Mr. Adams continued:

``The current impasse around the implementation of the Good Friday agreement has been created by the mentality within unionism which is refusing to change and which wants to impose a veto over political change.

Mr. Adams concluded:

``The British and Irish governments must not allow the unionist veto to prevail over the implementation of the agreement. To do so would be to fly in the face of the expressed wishes of the people of Ireland who voted for the agreement in overwhelming numbers.''

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