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Villiers providing cover for unionist intransigence – Murphy

18 June, 2014 - by Conor Murphy

Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy called today on British secretary of state Theresa Villiers to stop providing cover for unionism’s failure to engage in the party leaders’ talks process.  

Speaking after British secretary of state Theresa Villiers called on parties in the north to fix a date for talks, the Newry Armagh MP said; 

"Sinn Féin has been very clear in calling for talks and we have set aside ten days between now and July 3rd to facilitate the party leaders’ talks process.

"Theresa Villiers is well aware that the only blockage to talks taking place is coming from political unionism.

"The DUP and UUP have both been dragging their feet on arranging dates for discussions to take place. 

"It is also disingenuous for the British secretary of state to attempt to distance her government from responsibility for unionist intransigence. 

"By failing to endorse the Haass proposals on dealing with flags, parading and the past the British government is continuing to provide cover for unionist refuseniks.” 

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