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"Mr President, we often talk about people washing their hands of the matter. These words do not apply in this case, however, because, although they tried, the matter has not been washed away. In spite of the Intergovernmental Conference, the draft Constitution produced by the Convention is still on the table, amongst other things because of the impetus given by this House and words such as those spoken by its President, Mr Cox, last Monday in Madrid, demanding that the IGC finish its work and finish it properly, in time – in other words – for the European elections and – why not? – before the end of this legislature. Well, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I would ask the Irish Presidency to support, and place its confidence in, the process; but also to demand that work be done, – and, moreover, be done publicly and transparently – on the draft Convention and not on mysterious compromises and shady deals that are incomprehensible or that amount to retrograde steps. Bilateral contacts may be useful, but the IGC is a body which must act jointly, debate and reach agreements on a final consensus."@en1

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