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Are unionist parties going to show leadership on HAAS proposals?-Doherty

Published: 7 January, 2014

Are unionist parties going to show leadership on HAAS proposals?-Doherty

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty says that the response of the DUP and UUP to the HAAS proposals show the need of both parties to begin to show leadership and stop continually bowing to the lowest common denominator within their political constituency.

He said,

"The past, parades and flags are outstanding issues which need to be addressed in a comprehensive manner so as to defuse the repeated negative impact these issues are having on the forward momentum of the Peace Process and the functionality of the political process itself which make it difficult to reach agreements on social and economic issues that are essential for improving the quality of life for everyone.

"The HAAS proposals are very-much compromise positions on each of these issues which he and Dr Meghan O Sullivan brought forward following months of consultation/talks culminating in the intensive negotiations which they facilitated between the 5 Assembly Executive parties over the festive period.

"The essence of any negotiation is that to be successful all participant parties must be prepared to compromise in the interests of the greater good. For our part, Sinn Féin has made clear that despite reservations we have we are prepared to move forward and recommend them.

"This is about showing leadership.

"However, rather than showing the same leadership the response of both the DUP and UUP in the aftermath HAAS talks has been and extremely disappointing one once again aimed at appeasing the lowest common denominator within their political constituency.

"There can be no re-negotiation of what has already been painstakingly negotiated and it is now time for both parties to stop looking over their shoulders at the likes of Jamie Bryson or Jim Allister and move to implement the HAAS proposals.