McGuinness to brief US administration on political crisis
Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness will travel to the US tomorrow to seek support for a resolution to the crisis threatening the political institutions in the North.
Speaking ahead of meetings with the Friends of Ireland caucus on Capitol Hill, the State Department and other senior administration officials, Martin McGuinness said:
"The institutions of the Good Friday Agreement, which have underpinned the Irish peace process for almost two decades, are facing crisis.
"This is an extremely grave situation and I would urge all those with a stake in this process to make every effort to find a resolution which secures the power-sharing administration.
"In order to redress this crisis, we require an imaginative and innovative solution, which recognises the particular challenges faced by our administration. That means ensuring the institutions are politically and economically viable and able to meet the needs of a society emerging from a long and bitter conflict.
"To date, that has not been forthcoming from the British Government and they need to be persuaded that a new approach is required.
"It is my hope that the US administration which has been a key ally since the inception of the peace process – can help convince the British Government of the gravity of the current situation and to end their current approach which threatens to undermine the incredible progress we have made."