Gerry Adams meets US Secretary of State John Kerry
March 18, 2013
A Sinn Féin delegation this morning met US Secretary of State John Kerry and senior state department officials in Washington DC.
The Sinn Féin delegation included Party leader Gerry Adams TD; Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD; Rita O Hare, Sinn Fein representative to the USA and party press officer Richard McAuley.
Speaking after the meeting Gerry Adams said:
“The meeting with Secretary Kerry was very positive and constructive.
“The US Secretary of State has had a long involvement with the Irish peace process.
“Next month marks the 15th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. This morning I raised with Secretary Kerry our concerns around outstanding issues arising from the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements, including a Bill of Rights for the north; Acht na Gaeilge and a Border Poll.
“We also discussed a range of other matters including the need for an economic dividend and the continued imprisonment of Marian Price and Martin Corey.
“Our conversation also included the recent violence around the flags issue and the serious problems posed by sectarianism and segregation.
“At the end of the meeting we took the opportunity to discuss the Middle East. Secretary Kerry travels there this evening and President Obama goes tomorrow evening.”