Governments must implement Agreement
Sinn Fein Vice President, West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty MLA speaking at a Press Conference in London today has said that it is time for the two governments to live up to their commitments.
Mr Doherty said:
"I note the stated intention of British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to step up the pace of talks to restore the political institutions.
"However the problems in the peace process are wider than the British and Irish governments admit.
"The difficulties in the process go beyond the problems of the armed groups and the refusal of unionists to commit to inclusive government as claimed by the Taoiseach and the British Prime Minister.
"While these are important matters and Sinn Fein will continue to work to see them resolved the refusal of the Governments to deliver on their obligations has a more serious negative effect on the overall process. This results in the ongoing denial to citizens of fundamental rights including equality, human rights and justice.
"We will not get the progress or the stability required unless this is rectified.
"Commitments in the Good Friday Agreement, Weston Park and in the numerous talks since then by the two governments have not been moved on. In October last year republicans stepped up to the mark and delivered. Unionism reneged on its commitments and so have the British of Irish governments.
"However, Unionist parties are, yet again, seeking the exclusion of Sinn Fein and many republicans believe that the two governments are actively considering the exclusion of Sinn Féin from the political process in the north as an option.
"The failed policies of the past, the politics of exclusion will not work. It is a destructive politics and it betrays an absence of real debate." ENDS