Gerry Adams in talks with Taoiseach and British Prime Minister
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams today spoke by phone separately to the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and the British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The Sinn Féin President concentrated his remarks on the recent revelation around the role of British agencies in toppling the Good Friday Agreement's political institutions and the expected efforts by both governments in the New Year to rebuild the political institutions and government.
Mr. Adams said:
"At the core of the current crisis is an element of the British policing and intelligence system which vehemently opposes the peace process and the Good Friday Agreement. Their actions were responsible for the collapse of the democratically elected government in October 2002.
"While I spoke at length on this issue with the Taoiseach it is the British Prime Minister, Mr. Blair, who bears the sole responsibility for tackling this problem. Ending political policing and the negative activities of
British agencies is his responsibility.
"As we face into the New Year and another attempt to put the political institutions together, these same forces will be working to undo our collective efforts. In order to stop them Mr. Blair must end political
The Sinn Féin leader also spoke to both leaders about planned efforts beginning in January to restore the political institutions. Mr. Adams also talked to Mr. Blair and Mr. Ahern about the issue of OTRs, reminding them of their commitments on this issue. Mr. Adams also raised the issues of northern representation with the Taoiseach who told him that he hoped to make progress on this in January." ENDS