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Proposals must be grounded in Good Friday Agreement - Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams and Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness had discussions on Wednesday with the Taoiseach, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and senior Dublin Government officials on proposals from the two governments to move the peace process forward.

Adams revealed afterwards that the party's negotiating team would meet the British Prime Minister Tony Blair today in London.

"There are issues of concern for Sinn Féin and we have made the point that viable proposals for forward movement must be firmly grounded in the Good Friday Agreement," he told An Phoblacht.

"I do believe if our concerns are adequately addressed, we could have the basis for a comprehensive agreement. Sinn Féin will continue to work to achieve that objective.

"Obviously, we will have to study the governments' proposals in detail, and they have work to do. There is also work for the DUP. We can only speak for ourselves and our position is that the governments must bed their proposals for advancing the process in the Agreement."

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