Sinn Féin remains absolutely focused on delivering political institutions
Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness today said that his party remained absolutely focused on the task of seeing fully functioning political institutions put back in place.
Mr McGuinness said:
"The Sinn Féin leadership is not going to be deflected from our agenda of seeing the political institutions put back in place and the other outstanding aspects of the Good Friday Agreement implemented by the events of yesterday.
"We have set out our stall clearly. We have nominated for the position of Deputy First Minister as required and we look forward to the Assembly reconvening again on Monday to complete this work.
"However we are naive about any of this and all eyes remain on the DUP and the approach they will adopt to moving the process forward in the coming weeks. After Monday‚s planned Assembly meeting the Programme for Government Committee will come together. That is the forum where outstanding matters, including issues on policing and justice, should be raised and resolved. But I have to say the issue of policing and the resolution to it is as much an issue for the British government and the DUP as it is for Sinn Féin.
"So we remain absolutely focused on the task of ensuring progress is made in the coming weeks and I firmly believe that if the necessary political will and courage is displayed then we can bring about a situation where all of the outstanding aspects of the Agreement including the political institutions are finally delivered."ENDS