[Sinn Fein]

29th October 1999

Progress must be made sooner rather than later

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP speaking at Castle Buildings at lunchtime stressed the need for `urgent progress' to be made `sooner rather than later'.

Mr. Adams said:

``In our view we are probably at the most critical stage of any of the negotiations of any phase of the peace process.

``The process is under very severe attack from rejectionists, who range from those who on an almost daily basis are attacking Catholic homes, to those who are challenging their own political leaderships.

``We understand the difficulties and challenges that this process presents to unionism and its leadership. But it is also the best opportunity for political leaders to take charge. Like all political opportunities it has to be seized; it has to be seized sooner rather than later, and we need to make progress and make the progress urgently.''

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