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London needs to help, not hinder, process - Gildernew MP at Conservative Party Conference

30 September, 2013 - by Westminster

Sinn Fein MP Michelle Gildernew today reiterated Sinn Féin’s call for the British coalition government to play a positive but non-partisan role in assisting the political process in the North of Ireland in its current difficult phase.

Speaking before travelling to Manchester to address a fringe meeting at the Conservative conference alongside British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers, Ms Gildernew said:

"Anyone looking at the situation over the summer months can see that there are very real and serious problems – loyalist violence, contentious Orange Order parades, all accompanied by a lack of leadership coming from the DUP, including Peter Robinson resiling from the agreement on the Peace Centre project.”

She emphasised:

 "What people want to hear is whether the current situation can be sorted out – and I believe that it can – it can be sorted out if all parties return to the agreements they have made and honour the commitments they have entered into. This includes both the British and Irish governments becoming more focussed on finding a resolution to these matters, and continuing to stand by the Good Friday Agreement and other agreements that they are party to. We will continue to promote equality and parity of esteem and bring the same positive leadership to the Haass talks that we have throughout this process.”

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