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Taoiseach must press Cameron to honour commitments — Adams

11 March, 2012 - by Gerry Adams

Speaking in advance of tomorrow's meeting between Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the British Prime Minister David Cameron, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said the Taoiseach needs to make it clear to the British that all outstanding commitments from the Good Friday, Weston Park and St Andrews Agreements need to be honoured.
Mr Adams said:
“On Monday the Taoiseach will meet with the British Prime Minister in Downing Street. It comes only days after Judge Smithwick in his interim report states very clearly that elements of the British system are deliberately withholding information from his Tribunal. This, unfortunately, has been typical of the attitude of the British state to legacy issues.
"This British Government has continually failed to honour the commitment from the intergovernmental agreement at Weston Park for an Inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane.
“It has refused to co-operate with the Irish authorities in the investigation into the Dublin/Monaghan bombings.
“Mr Cameron has failed even to agree to a meeting with the families of those killed in the Ballymurphy Massacre of 1971 and his Government refuses their just demand for an Inquiry into that incident.
“Mr Kenny needs to tell David Cameron that this is unacceptable.
“The Taoiseach also needs to impress on the British Prime Minister the need to bring forward a timetable for the implementation of all of the outstanding aspects of the Good Friday, Weston Park and St. Andrews Agreements. This includes a Bill of Rights, an Irish Language Act and a range of other equality issues.
“Since the election of the Tory/Lib Dem coalition the British Prime Minister has detached himself from the continuing promotion and development of the peace and political processes. He has instead chosen to hide behind Owen Patterson who has consistently displayed a lack of the political skills necessary to deal with these outstanding issues. This approach needs also to change.”

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