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Next phase of peace process must be based on reconciliation - McGuinness

16 April, 2015 - by Martin McGuinness

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said the next phase of the peace process must be based on reconciliation. 

Speaking at the launch of 'Uncomfortable Conversations Towards Reconciliation' - a joint publication from Sinn Féin and An Phoblacht - in the Linen Hall Library, Mr McGuinness said; 

"The Irish Peace Process is the most important political project on this island and remains a continuous work in progress.  

"Regrettably the past cannot be changed or undone.  Neither can the suffering, the hurt or the violence of the conflict be disowned by Republicans or any other party to the conflict.    

"The challenge for all of us therefore engaged in the peace process and the political process in Ireland and indeed for the British Government also, is to ensure that there can never be a repeat of what went before. 

"Reaching out the hand of friendship, taking initiatives and working together in a spirit of generosity doesn’t mean surrendering any allegiances.

"It is not always easy but it is the right thing to do. For our part, republicans are prepared to enter into dialogue and have the ‘uncomfortable conversations’ with others but those conversations also present challenges to Republicans. 

"Reconciliation needs to become the next phase of the peace process.  That is the future. We may never agree on our past but the future belongs to all of us.

"Dialogue, building trust, making political compromises are the seeds to achieving this new beginning." 

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