Sinn Féin determined to see the outstanding issues resolved
Sinn Féin MP for Newry & Armagh Conor Murphy was in Westminster today for a number of party engagements. Commenting after meetings took place between the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and the DUP leadership and between the Taoiseach and the British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Mr Murphy said:
"Obviously we welcome the dialogue between the Irish government and the DUP and the ongoing contacts between the two governments.
"Sinn Fein is determined to see the outstanding issues resolved and the Good Friday Agreement implemented in full. This clearly presents challenges for all of us. But there can be no realistic alternative to building upon the progress we have already achieved.
"There must be a realisation however that any progress made will be bedded firmly in the core principles and fundamentals of the Good Friday Agreement.
"However the governments need to be moving ahead. The process cannot be allowed to stand still any longer. They need to make this absolutely clear to the DUP in particular. A failure to engage by the DUP cannot allow the process of change to become stalled.
"There is absolutely no reason why many outstanding aspects of the Good Friday Agreement, including the all-Ireland aspects, which have to do with people's rights should be made conditional on what the IRA does or upon the attitude of the DUP or other unionists. These are after all modest entitlements and the two governments have an obligation to deliver upon them." ENDS