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Monday, 22 November, 1999, 18:15 GMT
Paisley will nominate ministers
Ian Paisley: Plans to wreck republican agenda

The anti-agreement Democratic Unionist Party has confirmed that it will nominate ministers to a new Northern Ireland executive, in spite of its opposition to the proposals worked out by former US senator George Mitchell.

But the DUP leader, Ian Paisley, insisted at a news conference on Monday that they would have no contact with Sinn Fein in government.

Mr Paisley said the main aim of his strategy was to wreck the republican agenda.

"We are unionists. We don't want IRA terrorists in our government. We will do everything in our power, democratically, to remove them from that government."

He also repeated his call to the Ulster Unionist Party's ruling council to reject the deal on offer when it meets at the weekend to vote on party leader David Trimble's recommendation to accept the plan.

Fierce opposition

The DUP is fiercely opposed to the proposals for breaking the deadlock in the peace process.

They were reached after an 11-week review chaired by George Mitchell into the progress of the Good Friday Agreement.


We will do everything in our power, democratically, to remove republicans from government
Ian Paisley DUP Leader
But if the executive is formed at Stormont, Ian Paisley said he would be nominating two ministers to the executive.

The most likely candidates are deputy leader and East Belfast MP Peter Robinson and North Belfast assemblyman Nigel Dodds.

A senior Ulster Unionist negotiator, Michael McGimpsey, has criticised the DUP plans saying he found it hard to understand the decision.

"They have spent the last 18 months drawing salaries and living the good life when they've been doing absolutely nothing to earn it, " he said.

"It give us a measure of the cant and hypocrisy of the DUP."

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22 Nov 99 |  Northern Ireland
Mandelson reports on peace deal
20 Nov 99 |  Northern Ireland
Power for NI 'within two weeks'
19 Nov 99 |  Northern Ireland
Trimble seeks support for peace strategy

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