‘Sinn Féin ready for talks’ – Conor Murphy

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Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Newry & Armagh MP Conor Murphy has said that all-party talks involving the two governments should be convened as soon as possible and he insisted that Sinn Féin was ‘ready for talks’. Speaking to Newry Times, the local MP said, “Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has welcomed the announcement by Minister Charlie Flanagan TD of all-party talks involving the two governments. “The talks will deal with the issues currently impacting on the political institutions set up under the Good Friday Agreement. Alongside the two governments, the American administration can play a constructive and meaningful role in shaping and supporting the talks’ process.” The Sinn Féin MP said that his party had consistently called on both governments to live up to their role as co-equal guarantors of these agreements. “Given the undermining of the institutions, the refusal to engage in talks and the breaches of the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) and other agreements by sections of political unionism and the British government, Sinn Féin has consistently called on both governments to live up to their role as co-equal guarantors of these agreements. We remain concerned that the British Government has assumed an explicitly partisan and pro-unionist party stance. He added, “It is clear that the GFA, as endorsed by the people, is the framework for resolving these matters. For our part Sinn Féin is ready for talks. “We will enter them to resolve issues and will, as always, abide by any agreements made. Others must commit to do the same and the talks should be convened as a matter of urgency by the two governments and supported by the American administration.”
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