Adams slates government 'delays'

GERRY ADAMS, the Sinn Fein president, yesterday accused the British government of stalling, delaying and trying to evaporate the peace initiative in Northern Ireland.

Speaking on ITV's Walden, Mr Adams placed the blame for the lack of progress since the mid-December Downing Street declaration on the Government for refusing to clarify its contents. 'If John Major refuses to give clarifications then it's impossible for us to give a definitive response,' he said. 'Unless the British government makes that small step forward then I think that government cannot say that it is interested in peace.'