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December 06, 2004

News 12/06/04 - Adams Backs Proposals

>>>>>> Flash: Adams backs proposals

In the past hour, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has given his backing for a plan to revive power-sharing in the North of

If Ian Paisley's DUP now also agrees to the deal, a historic
peace agreement will be unveiled in Belfast on Wednesday.

Sinn Fein tonight confirmed that at a meeting of senior party
leaders in Belfast, Mr Adams said he believed the party could
support proposals put forward by British Prime Minister Tony
Blair and Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern "as now presented".

The party said: "The Sinn Fein president told the meeting that
he believes that Sinn Fein can say yes to the political package
as now presented."

The details of the proposals have been the subject of intense
speculation and negotiation in recent weeks, but are understood
to contain changes to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and a move
to end the activities of the Provisional IRA.

Unionist demands for the IRA to disarm before cameras was the
major outstanding factor separating the parties today.

The process of IRA decommissioning was not discussed at the
meeting tonight. However, it was clear the party believes the
controversial details of the arms moves should be handled by the
IICD arms body, in accordance with the governments' proposals.

The following statement from Sinn Fein was released tonight:

"Senior Sinn Fein leaders are meeting in Belfast this evening.

"Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams told the meeting that he
believed that Sinn Fein should say yes to the political package
as now presented.

"It is understood Mr Adams said he believed that the discussions
with the two governments have successfully defended the
fundamentals of the Good Friday Agreement, resolved issues of
concern and have succeeded in strengthening key provisions.

"The meeting did not discuss the issue of IRA weapons.

"Gerry Adams made it clear that resolving the weapons issue is a
matter for the IICD (Independent International Commission on
Decommissioning) and the armed groups.

Sinn Fein believes that it can be resolved to the satisfaction
of all reasonable people."

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