Adams - Urgency needs to be injected into kick starting the political process
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP and Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP this morning met the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Foreign Minister Brian Cowen in Government Buildings. The main focus of the meeting was the need for the date for the assembly elections to be set so that confidence can be restored in the process.
Mr. Adams said: 'Unless the process is given some urgency, unless there is some sense of acceleration in it then we will see all the progress we have made frittered away. The only way that this acceleration can be achieved is for a definite date to be set for the election.'
Speaking afterwards Mr. Adams said:
"This was a good meeting, our first since the summer break. We reviewed what happened over the last number of months and focused on what needs to happen now to get the political process back on track.
"It is now almost one year since the institutions were suspended and unless the process is given some urgency, unless there is some sense of acceleration in it then we will see all the progress which we have made frittered away. The only way that this acceleration can be achieved is for a definite date to be set for the Assembly elections. We need to see the right to vote restored and confidence put back into the process."
Commenting on today's announcement in relation to the Independent Monitoring Commission Mr. Adams said:
"Everyone knows that this Commission was established to appease unionism and since it was first put forward it has been tinkered with and diluted to meet the needs of factions within unionism.
"Our greatest difficulty with this particular Commission is that the Good Friday Agreement has been fundamentally changed to give authority to a British Minister that he did not previously have under the Agreement. They stepped outside the Agreement to give him this power.
"While we fully support people being held to account, we will not support a mechanism that is totally outside of the Agreement."ENDS