Cameron must face up to his responsibilities – McGuinness
Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said that British prime minister David Cameron will need to face up to his responsibilities if progress is to be made in the current round of all-party talks being held at Stormont.
The Deputy First Minister was speaking following today’s meeting of the North South Ministerial Council in Armagh.
Martin McGuinness said:
“I welcome the fact David Cameron will be in Belfast next week with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to play their part in the talks as co-equal guarantors of the Good Friday and other agreements.
“Sinn Féin has approached the recent talks in a positive and constructive frame of mind but the huge budgetary problems faced by the parties here have been caused by the austerity policies of David Cameron’s Tory-led government.
“Their year-on-year cuts to the Executive’s block grant have increased poverty and are having a hugely negative impact on the Executive’s stability and its capacity to deliver frontline public services.
“If David Cameron is to play a constructive role in this process then he needs to deal with the major financial difficulties his government have caused.
“In any negotiation there needs to be compromise and movement on all sides but so far we have seen nothing from the British government. David Cameron is not a neutral observer in this process, he is a key player and needs to contribute significantly and materially to finding a resolution to many of these issues.
“He needs to signal that his government is prepared to honour its outstanding commitments to the Good Friday and other agreements.
“And if we are to deal with the legacy of the conflict, division and segregation then the British government has to be the major contributor to a Peace Investment Fund.”