Speaking about the recent Haass Talks in Strasbourg last night (Monday 13th January) Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson told MEP's:
“Europe has consistently supported the Irish Peace Process. To advance it, Ministers Peter Robinson & Martin McGuinness invited American Diplomats Richard Haass and Megan O'Sullivan to chair an All Party group to deal with Flags, Parades and the Past.
“Following six months of intensive work, involving political parties and Civic Society, they produced final proposals.
“Sinn Féin, despite some reservations endorsed the recommendations as an honourable compromise, - however Unionism rejected them - Unionism says No - AGAIN.
“Irish Republicans have stretched ourselves and we are up for the challenge that the Haass proposals contain. However, Unionist leaders are failing our people and ignoring the clear desire for a compromise agreement.
“The Irish and British Governments must now make clear statements in support of the Haass/ O'Sullivan proposals and their implementation.
“They must dedicate financial resources and agree information disclosure necessary for full implementation of all the proposals.” CRÍOCH