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Time for unionists who are for peace to come in from the cold

18 April, 2006


Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan speaking at the Easter commemoration in North Belfast this afternoon said 'The coming months will be crucial for the peace process. There is a huge responsibility on the British and Irish governments and also, on the leadership of unionism to finally accept the principles of power-sharing, equality and human rights'. He said 'Republicans want to sit down and talk to unionist leaders, we want to be part of a power sharing government with them but if they refuse the governments and the other parties need to move on.'

Deputy Morgan said:

"Last year's announcement by the Irish Republican Army on 28 July to formally end its armed campaign was a massive development. I want to pay tribute to the IRA for taking this courageous and unprecedented step in order to advance the cause of peace with justice in Ireland. It is vital that the opportunity that this has opened up is availed of. The coming months will be crucial for the peace process. There is a huge responsibility on the British and Irish governments and also, on the leadership of unionism to finally accept the principles of power-sharing, equality and human rights.

"Republicans want to sit down and talk to unionist leaders, we want to be part of a power sharing government with them but if they refuse the governments and the other parties need to move on.

"It's time for unionists who are for peace and for the Good Friday Agreement to come in from the cold. It is time for the DUP to decide if they want to put the past behind them, and make peace with the rest of the people of this island. It is time that they realize that there is no alternative to sitting down with their neighbours, talking out our differences and tackling the many problems that our constituents have in common. This is as true for the peace process as it is in tackling sectarianism. Last weekend saw the beginning of the loyalist marching season and I hope that this year we will see unionist leaders play a constructive role and respect communities such as Ardoyne. Ian Paisley has as much responsibility as anyone to deal with this issue and so far he has failed to do so.

Sinn Féin wants to build a better society for everyone on the island. When we talk about equality -- it is equality for all.

"As we mark the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Rising, I would call on people to read the Proclamation.

The men and women of 1916 were very definite about the type of Republic they wanted to create. The Proclamation makes that clear. In it they use words like sovereignty, independence, equal rights, civil and religious liberties and cherishing all of the children of the nation equally.

It is words and values like these that continue to guide Sinn Féin in 2006. Sinn Féin is about making partition history, about building an Ireland of equals. I would encourage people who support this goal to join Sinn Féin and work to make it a reality."ENDS

 

 

 

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