Tuesday, April 20, 1999 Published at 08:56 GMT 09:56 UK
Mowlam confident despite setback
Sinn Fein: No shift in position
Northern Ireland Secretary Mo Mowlam has said she is confident that a way forward can be found in the peace process, despite the latest setback.
Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister, Seamus Mallon of the SDLP, said he was exasperated with the Ulster Unionists and Sinn Fein for their failure to compromise.
He accused both parties of trying to hold the peace process to ransom.
They were maintaining positions that could "destroy something which can create a totally new way of life for all of us", he said.
"What I believe is that all sides want the Good Friday Agreement to work," she said.
"What's important is that no one walks, we keep talking and try to find some way forward that both traditions are happy with.
"Because unless both sides are content we ain't going to get an executive because we can't have an executive of one side not another because that is the nature of the agreement."
Arriving at Monday's talks in Downing Street, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams warned that the agreement was "in free fall" and in danger of collapse.
It says there is no basis in the agreement for the claim by First Minister David Trimble that there must be a credible start to IRA decommissioning before the executive is formed.
She added that she did not believe the positions of the two parties were irreconcilable if talks continued.
"Both options are possible if there is mutual confidence and it is mutual confidence we have to work at so everyone can move."
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