British need to commit to peaceful and democratic activity
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams today led a party delegation which met with the British Secretary of State Peter Hain. The Sinn Féin delegation included Martin McGuinness MP, Bairbre deBrún MEP, Gerry Kelly MLA and Michelle Gildernew MP. Speaking after the meeting Mr Adams said that it was time for the British government to commit itself to peaceful and democratic activity and to end political policing once and for all.
Mr Adams said:
„ Today's meeting was at our request and follows on from phone calls today between Martin McGuinness and Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern and ongoing contacts over the weekend with both governments. I also intend to speak with both the Taoiseach and the British Prime Minister in the coming period.
"This entire issue is about the need for the British government to accept responsibility for what has happened and what is happening and to end the sort of political policing we have experienced over many years. At the core of all of this is the British government‚s responsibility for how its agencies behave.
"People need to remember what happened here. A unique power sharing government was overthrown by British state agencies. That is a massive issue. There is a job of work for Tony Blair as British Prime Minister to rein in the system responsible for this. The British government needs to commit itself to peaceful and democratic activity and to end political policing once and for all."
Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness said that it was imperative that those responsible for collapsing the political institutions were not allowed to succeed.
Mr McGuinness said:
"We are told that the two governments intend to make a big push in the new year to see the political institutions restored. We are prepared to play our part in such an effort, we are not prepared to let those responsible for collapsing the political institutions and subverting the political and democratic process to be allowed to succeed.
"Sinn Féin and republicans have answered all of the big questions regarding future intentions. It is now time for the British government to answer the questions about their intentions. They need to declare that their war against republicans is at an end and that the days of political policing are over." ENDS