Governments must defend Good Friday Agreement
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP today said 'if there is to be a deal then the two governments need to drive the process forward while making it clear that any deal must be within the terms of the Good Friday Agreement'.
Mr Adams said:
"Over recent weeks and months, Sinn Fein has been in constant contact with the two governments in a focussed effect to break the log-jam and see the political institutions put back in place and the outstanding aspects of the Good Friday Agreement implemented.
"We have been involved in intensive negotiations, including at Lancaster House in June, Leeds Castle in September and over the past three weeks there has been three further intensive sessions of discussion.
"Sinn Fein's goal in all of these has been to achieve a comprehensive and holistic agreement on all of the outstanding issues. We have made clear that republicans are prepared to face up to the challenges which this presents.
"But Sinn Fein is not prepared to countenance any dilution or erosion of the Good Friday Agreement - and that remains the objective of the DUP.
"Against this background the two governments need to understand that there is no middle line between the Agreement and the anti-Agreement position of the DUP. It is their responsibility to defend the core fundamentals and principles of the Agreement and to make it clear that they cannot be changed. Therefore, if there is to be a deal then the two governments need to drive the process forward while making it clear that any deal must be within the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.
"If the DUP do not accept this reality then the pro-Agreement majority, including the two governments, need to move on. The DUP cannot be allowed to paralyse the process of change." ENDS