[Sinn Fein]

9 December 1996

Summit - ``disappointing''

Sinn Fein Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin has described today's summit between An Taoiseach John Bruton and the British Prime Minister John Major as ``disappointing''.

Mr. McLaughlin said:

``Todays summit will be a disappointment to all of those who genuinely seek lasting peace in Ireland.

``Hopes that the Irish government could persuade the British government to take a positive approach to the construction of a credible process of negotiations were not realised today.

``Instead John Major adhered to the new precondition which he has placed in recent weeks in the path of Sinn Fein's entry into dialogue, he has disregarded any concept of equality of treatment and he again ignored the reasonable proposals contained in the Hume/Adams propositions put to him on October 10th by John Hume.

``The imperative at this time for those interested in building a genuine peace process is to move this British government. John Major and the inertia of his government now clearly stands as the single biggest obstacle to a real peace process.''

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