Leadership required in talks process - McGuinness
Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness has welcomed the announcement of talks by the British and Irish governments to resolve the current difficulties facing the political process.
Mr McGuinness said;
"Sinn Féin has always been willing to engage in talks to tackle the difficult issues and to advance the peace and political processes.
"We have been calling over several months now for the parties and the two governments to get around the table to work together on finding a resolution to the real difficulties facing the political process.
"Sinn Féin will enter these talks on our electoral mandate and our commitment to democracy and peace which is clearly demonstrated by our track record.
“I have stood with Chief Constables and the leader of the DUP condemning the actions of those who would try to drag us back to the past.
“I have challenged criminality and threats to the peace and political processes no matter what quarter it originates from and will continue to do so. Others now need to show that same leadership to oppose all efforts to undermine the peace and political processes
"We want to achieve the full implementation of the Stormont House Agreement and on the issues of welfare protections, parading and identity and to address the legacy of all groups who were party to the conflict including state forces.
"We have also been clear that the biggest threat to the stability of the political institutions remains the ongoing Tory austerity cuts to the Executive’s budget which is impacting on our ability to deliver frontline public services.
"What is required now from everyone involved in these talks is leadership, including the British and Irish governments.”