1 October 1998 Edition
Keep your word
SF push for full implementation of Agreement
We are at a crisis in the peace process which can be resolved if David Trimble and Tony Blair keep their word and implement the Agreement they signed up to on 10 April.
The Agreement is quite explicit. By 31 October the Executive and the other institutions have to be up and running, with the Ministers' various remits agreed. There can be no preconditions.
In the last few days the Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has met with the main participants in the crisis. In Belfast, Dublin and at the British Labour Party Conference in Blackpool the Sinn Féin leader has held meetings with David Trimble, Bertie Ahern, Tony Blair, Mo Mowlam and others. The message has been clear. Those who signed up to the Agreement in good faith must now implement its provisions.
The 31 October deadline can be met if there is the political will to do so. The decommissioning issue has been erected as a roadblock throughout this process and when there was the political will to build a process of conflict resolution the roadblock has been overcome. That must happen now, using the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.