[Sinn Fein]

16 October 1998

Nobel Prize Warmly Welcomed

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP, speaking in New York this morning, has ``warmly welcomed'' the announcement that the Nobel peace prize is going to his friend John Hume and to the Ulster Unionist leader, David Trimble.

Congratulating Mr. Hume, Gerry Adams said:

``John has played a pivotal role in the peace process. Indeed there would be no peace process but for his courage and vision. Despite great personal attacks on his integrity and humanity John never wavered in his commitment to peace. No one deserves this accolade more.''

The Sinn Fein President also paid tribute to David Trimble:

``I wish Mr. Trimble well. The peace prize carries with it enormous responsibility. The focus must be, for all of us to push ahead through the speedy implementation of the agreement.''

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