Speaking today after the meeting of party leaders in Stormont to discuss the Haass proposals, deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said:
“Today’s meeting was not about analysing the 344 elements of the Haass proposals. What we need to know is where unionist political leaders are on the entire package. This is a real test for the political process. We need to see progress in the immediate term.
“At today’s meeting we made it clear our opposition to renegotiation or time wasting through the establishment of some sort of working group. We went through that with the failed CSI process for three years. What is required and what people want to see is implementation.
“The elephant in the room and the key to positive movement is whether or not unionist political leaders are prepared to confront the extreme elements within their community who they are letting set their agenda on Haass to date and former members of the RUC and other Crown forces lobbying the DUP and the UUP to prevent truth recovery processes which are victim centred.
“If they do this then it is my belief that we can reach agreement and press ahead with implementation. I am ready and willing to move forward with all of the other party leaders. The Haass architecture allows this to happen.”