Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, Martin McGuinness MLA, Mary Lou McDonald TD and Michelle Gildernew MP today met the British PM David Cameron. Sinn Féin had earlier met with Ed Milliband, the Labour Party leader, and Ivan Lewis the Labour spokesperson on the north.
Speaking after the meeting in Westminster Gerry Adams said:
"Today was our first meeting with David Cameron since he took office four years ago. It was a useful and frank discussion, which was held at our request.
“We have agreed to meet again in the Autumn.
“The meeting provided the Sinn Féin leadership with an opportunity to express our serious concerns to Mr Cameron at his government’s disconnect from its responsibilities under the terms of the Good Friday and other agreements.
“In our view the political process in the north of Ireland has deteriorated in recent months.
“Recently Mr Cameron has begun to indicate an awareness that the process is in difficulties. He did so again today.
“If he is serious about making progress then the British government has to defend the integrity of the Good Friday Agreement and engage positively with the process. This includes supporting the Haass compromise proposals and implementing outstanding issues arising from the Good Friday and other agreements.
“Sinn Féin is engaging constructively in the current negotiations and despite the difficulties we are committed to achieving progress.
“However, this will only happen when the two governments act positively as champions for change and co-equal guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement.” ENDS/CRÍOCH