Carthy calls on EU to assist re-engagement of Irish Peace Process
Sinn Féin MEP, Matt Carthy, this evening (Monday), called on the European Union to play a role in encouraging political unionism as well as the Irish and British governments to re-engage in the Irish Peace Process.
Speaking in the Parliament chamber in Strasbourg, the Midlands North west representative said:
“August the 31st last marked the 20th anniversary of the IRA cessation, a pivotal moment in the Irish Peace Process. Despite early setbacks an inclusive talks process led to the historic Good Friday Agreement which created the space for those of very different aspirations, including Irish republicans, to strive for these through peaceful means.
“It was this inclusive dialogue that led to meaningful progress.
“In recent times the principle of engaging in such dialogue has been found wanting within political unionism and both the Irish government, but especially the British government, have largely disengaged from the process.
“EU institutions, which have supported the Irish Peace Process, need to be aware that flag protests, the breakdown of the Haass negotiations and the walk-out by Unionists from all-party talks some weeks ago threaten the political institutions that underpin the Peace Process in Ireland.
“I ask people here to encourage political unionism and the Irish & British governments to re-engage in meaningful all-party talks to ensure that all outstanding elements of the Good Friday and subsequent agreements are implemented in full so that the Irish Peace process can continue to provide an example to conflicts around the world.”