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UUP lurching towards another crisis after motion decision

21 January, 2013 - by Caitríona Ruane

Commenting on the decision of the UUP leader Mike Nesbitt to accept a DUP amendment removing reference from the Good Friday Agreement from their motion before the Assembly today, Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane said:

 “The Good Friday Agreement underpins the political institutions in Stormont. At its core are principles of inclusivity, equality and mutual respect.  The decision of the UUP leader Mike Nesbitt to accept a DUP amendment to his motion removing any reference to the Good Friday Agreement sends out a clear message.

“It seems that the UUP under Mr Nesbitt’s leadership, as well as lurching from one personnel crisis to another, are trying to rewrite history and more worryingly undermine the very basis upon which these political institutions are based.

“In the face of the ongoing unionist violence over the flag protest, it seems the UUP are now scared to face up to concepts like parity or esteem and mutual respect. It seems that they want to play along with the charade played out by some DUP MLAs that they are not operating the Good Friday political institutions.

“At a time when the community as a whole is crying out for some political leadership from unionism it seems Mike Nesbitt is more interested in playing to the lowest common denominator within unionism and purging his party of sensible voices than stepping forward and leading.”

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