Sinn Féin seeking full delivery of Good Friday Agreement
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP was today joined by party Assembly group leader John O'Dowd and Assembly members Philip McGuigan and Sue Ramsey at a press conference in Belfast. Mr Adams said that 'Sinn Féin is looking for full delivery of all aspects of the Agreement, including equality, human rights, and policing'.
Mr Adams said:
" Yesterday's announcement by the IRA is a landmark decision which will shape politics on this island for the time ahead.
" It represents an unparalleled opportunity which must be grasped by all sensible people.
" Republicans are up to this challenge. I know that it presents difficulties. I know that there are those who will need time to absorb the decisions made. But I also firmly believe that republicans understand and appreciate the importance of yesterday and the opportunity it creates to advance and secure the republican goals of unity and independence. This puts an enormous responsibility on Sinn Féin and others who support this position. There is a need for all of us to find ways of working together to advance these goals.
" I welcome yesterday's public commitments by the governments to deliver on their obligations and responsibilities under the Good Friday Agreement. Of course, people will judge this on how the two governments deliver.
" Sinn Féin is looking for full delivery of all aspects of the Agreement, including equality, human rights, and policing. I welcome the efforts to bring demilitarisation to completion. We want to see this proceeding as quickly as possible.
" But unionists too have their responsibilities. It is clear that many unionists broadly welcome these developments. They need decisive leadership. That's for Mr. Paisley and his colleagues especially to come to terms with.
" I believe now is the time for dialogue between us. Has the DUP the confidence it claims to have? If they do there is no reason why our parties cannot be talking now to plan the next steps in the rebuilding of the political institutions. " ENDS