[Sinn Fein]

15th December 1998

Unionist stalling designed to undermine process

Sinn Fein Assembly member Mitchel McLaughlin, speaking prior to the sitting of the Assembly today said:

``Sinn Fein will move an amendment to the motion being proposed by Robert McCartney in the Assembly this morning.

Our amendment is as follows:

Noting the overwhelming public support for the Peace Process; ``This Assembly calls on the First Minister (Designate) and the Deputy First Minister (Designate) to produce a final report to the assembly no later than December 21st 1998, on the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement as mandated on July 1st 1998.''

Almost eight months after the signing of the Agreement the only structure in place is this Assembly. As the Good Friday Agreement is already in default, which need to be taken urgently.

This Agreement is in default in that:

These are the structures promised to and endorsed by the electorate in the referendum and election. They must be acted upon without further delay.

We want to see closure on these matters. The stalling by Unionist parties is designed to undermine the equality and inclusiveness of the peace process and to hollow out the substance of the all-Ireland structures.''

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