The Irish and British governments were tonight urged to put pressure on the Democratic Unionist Party to engage in all-party talks.
Sinn Féin chief negotiator Martin McGuinness called on Ulster Secretary Peter Hain to convince the province’s largest party to share a table with their rivals in the wake of IRA decommissioning, in a bid to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland.
After talks with Mr Hain, the Mid Ulster MP said: “The discussion centred around what is required now to inject momentum into the political process and getting the institutions and all-Ireland structures re-established without undue delay.
“I pointed out to Peter Hain the responsibility of the two Governments to impress on the DUP the need for that party to get into direct discussions with Sinn Féin and the other political parties.”
Mr McGuinness said there could be no excuse for Ian Paisley to delay all-party talks following the IRA statement in July and last month’s landmark announcement that the organisation had put its arms beyond use.
He added: “I told Mr Hain that the two Governments need to clearly state that the only way forward is through dialogue and discussion.
“The Governments should be making the case publicly that the DUP needs to deal directly with Sinn Féin.”