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British and Irish governments need to change position on talks - Adams

12 October, 2015 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said the British and Irish governments need to change their position on the current talks and honour commitments made in previous agreements. 

Mr Adams said; 

"We are facing in to a period of major political challenge in the coming weeks. 

"Meaningful negotiations have yet to get underway due to the lack of engagement or leadership by the British Government and Unionist political leaders.

"The British government has been attempting to present themselves as a neutral broker and unionists have once again demonstrated they are not fully committed to power sharing and equality. 

"For their part, the British government needs to honour its commitments made in previous agreements. 

"It also has to provide a workable and sustainable budget for the Executive in order for it to deliver public services and protect the vulnerable. 

"The continuing Lanigan's Ball approach by unionists to taking their ministerial seats does little to convince nationalists and republicans they are serious about power sharing and making the institutions work. 

"We need to see a change in approach from both the British government and political unionism in the negotiations."

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