Gerry Adam’s has responded to British prime minister Tony Blair’s suggestions that he could scrap plans to restore devolution in the North by demanding some ‘clarity’ from the DUP.
The Sinn Fein party leader said: “Last Friday the Sinn Féin leadership set out in the clearest possible terms our commitment to move forward on policing, we now need to see the same clarity from the DUP.
“Last Friday the Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle backed a proposal to convene a special Ard Fheis on policing. We set out in clear and unequivocal terms the substance of the motion which we would put to the Ard Fheis and our intention to hold this before the end of January.
“We also set a very clear course forward and stated very plainly that we would be going to the party to ask it to support this motion. This is a hugely significant step.
“Of course the difficulties which have arisen over recent days are not about Sinn Féin’s commitments. We set these out very clearly last Friday. The difficulties, which led to intense negotiations between Sinn Féin and the British government in recent days, were because the
DUP did not respond positively.
“Republicans want to see a new beginning to policing. We want to move forward. We want our special Ard Fheis to go ahead. But this cannot be a one way street. The DUP also has commitments and responsibilities. We now await their response to Tony Blair’s statement.”