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Last Updated: Friday, 20 October 2006, 19:46 GMT 20:46 UK
DUP 'not signed up to agreement'
Ian Paisley
Ian Paisley said the DUP had yet to sign up to the St Andrews Agreement
The DUP will consult with its members and the wider unionist community before signing up to the St Andrews Agreement, party leader Ian Paisley has said.

In a statement, Mr Paisley said he was making no final judgement on the deal and stressed the agreement belonged to the British and Irish governments.

He said that while the agreement contained considerable advances for unionism, it was far from a done deal.

"The DUP will not be satisfied with second best," he said.

"Important aspects of the St Andrews Agreement such as the institutions and structures of evolved government, a financial package and equality and fairness measures for the unionist people, require more effort," he said.

"I and my colleagues have been working on these issues all week and will continue to do so in the days ahead."

The Northern Ireland parties have been given until 10 November to respond to what the governments are calling the St Andrews Agreement.

It was published after intensive three-day talks between the parties at St Andrews in Scotland.

If all goes to plan, a first and deputy first minister will be nominated on 24 November and the devolved institutions will be up and running by 26 March.




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