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Convene talks as a matter of urgency – Adams

28 September, 2014 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has today welcomed the announcement by Minister Charlie Flanagan TD of all-party talks involving the two governments. The talks will deal with the issues currently impacting on the political institutions set up under the Good Friday Agreement.

Gerry Adams said:

"We welcome today’s announcement by Minister Flanagan that the Irish and British governments are to initiate all-party talks to resolve the issues facing the political process in the north. 

“Alongside the two governments, the American administration can play a constructive and meaningful role in shaping and supporting the talks’ process.

“Given the undermining of the institutions, the refusal to engage in talks and the breaches of the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) and other agreements by sections of political unionism and the British government, Sinn Féin has consistently called on both governments to live up to their role as co-equal guarantors of these agreements.

“We remain concerned that the British Government has assumed an explicitly partisan and pro-unionist party stance. 

“It is clear that the GFA, as endorsed by the people, is the framework for resolving these matters.

“For our part Sinn Féin is ready for talks. We will enter them to resolve issues and will, as always, abide by any agreements made. 

“Others must commit to do the same and the talks should be convened as a matter of urgency by the two governments and supported by the American administration.” ENDS/CRÍOCH

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