Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness today questioned the stewardship of the peace process by British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Martin McGuinness said;
“Today’s admission that British Prime Minister David Cameron has been holding private meetings with the DUP raises serious questions about his lacklustre stewardship of the peace process.
“David Cameron has failed to meet the Sinn Féin leadership on a range of serious issues, which have had a destabilising effect on the political process.
“The revelation that David Cameron may have been cosying up to the DUP with an eye on the next British elections may explain the increasingly partisan role the British government has been playing in the peace process.
“David Cameron’s government has failed to embrace the Haass proposals on flags, parading and the past, despite support for the proposals from Sinn Féin, the SDLP and Alliance parties, the Irish government and the US administration.
“His Secretary of State in the North has adopted the intransigent pro-unionist position of refusing to deal with the issue of killings carried out by British state forces and the loyalist death squads run by their intelligence services.
“The British and Irish governments both have a key role to play as guarantors of the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.
“David Cameron needs to bear in mind that the prize of consolidating the peace and the gains made in the political process are too important to be sacrificed on the altar of short-term political expediency.
“It’s imperative that the British Prime Minister meets with Gerry Adams and myself in line with our request as soon as possible.” ENDS/CRÍOCH