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Commitment to dialogue required - McCann

27 October, 2014 - by Jennifer McCann

Sinn Féin MLA and Junior Minister Jennifer McCann has said that commitment to meaningful dialogue is needed if the proposed talks process is to go anywhere.

Speaking at the opening of the Cities in Transition Conference at Springvale today she said:

"This week will see a number of countries emerging from conflict come together in Belfast to learn from each other’s experiences.

“It will set challenges for us all in how to heal the divisions of the past and develop the consensus needed to look towards building a better future.

“There is a sense of growing crisis in the political process here.

“There is a clear need for all political parties, including the DUP, to fully engage in talks on the implementation of the Good Friday and other agreements and a wide range of other outstanding issues including flags, parading and the legacy of the past.

“These talks require the active participation of the British and Irish governments, co-guarantors of the Good Friday and other agreements, and support from the US administration.

“It is our view that all these issues can be resolved if there is the political will to do so through constructive and genuine dialogue. That dialogue has not yet begun. It is important that we see an early plenary to kick-start a credible process of negotiations.”

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