Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD is to travel to Washington immediately after the EU and local government elections to brief senior political leaders there and the US State Department on the current concerns about the peace process.
Mr. Adams said:
“The peace process is facing some turbulence at this time as a result of the failure of the British government to deal with outstanding issues arising from the Good Friday Agreement; its refusal to sign up for the Haass compromise proposals on dealing with legacy issues and the past and its wooing of the DUP at Westminster as a possible partner or ally in the event of a hung Parliament next year after the British general election.
"The negative stance of the British government is also encouraging the Unionist parties not to engage fully in the political process and institutions.”
The Sinn Féin leader added:
“The peace process cannot be allowed to meander. The road has too many pitfalls. There are too many powerful elements on the fringes of nationalism, within unionism and the British system who want to derail the process and build obstacles to it.
"Every effort must be made to highlight the problems that currently exist and to chart a way through these dangers.
"My visit to Washington next week is to highlight these issues and concerns and to seek a renewed focus and support for the peace process and the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.”