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All-Party talks must be free from pre-conditions and threats - Seán Crowe TD

7 October, 2014 - by Seán Crowe TD


All-Party talks must be free from pre-conditions and threats - Seán Crowe TD

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Seán Crowe TD, raised the upcoming all-party talks on the North with the Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Dáil today.

Deputy Crowe, who is also a member of the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement Committee, called for the talks to take place in an atmosphere free from preconditions and threats.

Deputy Crowe said:

“I welcome the news that the Irish and British Governments are to resume all-party talks aimed at resolving the issues facing the political process in the North.

"Today I called on Minister Flanagan to urgently convene these talks and to ensure that they take place in an atmosphere free from preconditions and threats. The history of the peace process and the negotiation of previous agreements demonstrate that this is best practise.

"I am highly concerned that the British government have acted in such a partisan way with regard to the unionist demand to reopen the issue of a single contested parade in North Belfast. This measure will only encourage anti-agreement unionists and undermine the Parades Commission

"Sinn Féin is ready for talks and will continue to live up to all our commitments while promoting reconciliation, inclusion and equality. We will, as always, abide by any agreements made.”

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