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Open agenda and political will needed to reach agreement – Adams

29 September, 2014 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD today said political will was needed to reach agreement on the outstanding issues of the GoodFriday and other agreements.

Gerry Adams said:

“I welcome the fact that the Irish and British governments are convening all-party talks.

“The governments are coequal guarantors of the agreements which was mandated by the people.

“The history of the peace process whether the Good Friday, St Andrew’s or Hillsborough agreements tells us there can be no preconditions, threats or preconceived outcomes to the negotiations.

“There must be an open agenda and the political will to reach agreement.

“Sinn Féin is up for these talks. We are seeking to resolve the outstanding issues of previous agreements, the issues of additional powers and protecting frontline services, and the working of the institutions north and south.

“There is an immediate need for the governments to move ahead to time-limited all party talks.

“Unionist parties need to join those talks free from preconditions and the British government should suspend immediately the threat of financial penalties.”

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