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Gildernew welcomes timely Lords debate on the Past

Published: 22 October, 2014

Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew said a debate on the issue of the past in the British House of Lords was timely in the context of efforts to start all-party talks.

The Lords' debate is being sponsored by former NIO Minister Lord Dubs.

The Fermanagh/South Tyrone MP said:

"This debate sponsored by former NIO minister Alf Dubs could not come at a more opportune moment.

"The topic of the debate is very appropriate. It recognises the need for both governments to use their influence with the parties to reach agreement on outstanding issues and to build on what was achieved in the draft Haass conclusions.

"It is important that people in Britain are aware of the seriousness of the situation in the North. There has been a drift by mainstream unionists towards a negative anti-Agreement axis.

"Lord Dubs motion will hopefully act as an impetus for the substantial support that exists in Britain for the peace process to let their voices be heard.

"It is important that all friends of the Good Friday Agreement speak out on the responsibility of the British government to do the right thing. It needs to use its considerable influence on unionism to bring the DUP in particular into genuine talks mode." CRÍOCH/ENDS