Sinn Fein has the potential and capacity to become the vehicle for the attainment of republican objectives.
But the fact is that the vast majority of Republicans support the Sinn Fein leadership.
Sinn Fein has demonstrated the ability to play a leadership role as part of a popular movement towards peace, equality and justice.
Sinn Fein has productively taken the example of South Africa and, as we develop the peace process, we continue to use examples from South Africa.
But I also hold the very strong view that republicans need to lead by example.
We are not going into government with Sinn Fein.
The British government says that for Sinn Fein to be involved in talks the guns must be left at the door.
Sinn Fein is the fastest growing party on the island of Ireland.
The most important thing to say is that Sinn Fein isn't going back to anything. We are a party on the move.
The reality is that when Sinn Fein gets into these talks, there will be no more options for armed republicanism, for the IRA.
That Sinn Fein, as I've already indicated, their leaders have already indicated that's what they want to achieve - once we get that credible statement, then we can get around the table and start to move forward, and I'm confident we can do so.
Along with that ongoing process Sinn Fein took a decision to establish a peace commission which had the responsibility to travel around the country to receive submissions from the general public, also our opponents.
Sinn Fein say, "The British government are buggers".
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