Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has called on the British and Irish governments to “unambiguously endorse the Haass proposals” and to press the unionist parties to respond positively. Mr. Adams also accused the unionist leaders of “failing their constituents and ignoring the clear desire by the vast majority of citizens who want to see agreement on these outstanding issues.”
Gerry Adams said: “Following the publication of the proposals from Richard Haass and Meghan O Sullivan I called for all of the parties not to fudge their response to the Haass proposals. I called for clear statements of support.
“The response from the British and Irish governments was half-hearted, detached and ambiguous,
“Regrettably this week has seen the Ulster Unionist Party and the DUP decide not to support the proposals.
“The difference between these two parties is purely tactical. The DUP said more work needs to be done to the proposals and called for an all-party working group to be established while the Ulster Unionist Party has rejected the Haass proposals as neither ‘viable or acceptable’.
“Two slightly different ways of Ulster Saying No! With Peter Robinson taking a slightly more nuanced position than Michael Nesbitt.
“Irish Republicans have stretched ourselves in the negotiations and we are up for the challenge the Haass proposals contain. The Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle of the Party will meet on Saturday to review the outcome of the talks process, and agree our response.
“This is a time for political leaders to lead. Unionist leaders are failing their constituents and ignoring the clear desire by the vast majority of citizens who want to see agreement on these outstanding issues.”