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Minister continues talks with US Government ahead of new round of Talks in Northern Ireland

Minister Charles Flanagan, Northern Ireland Peace Process, Press Releases, Ireland, Northern Ireland, North America, 2014

In New York this week, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, has continued his range of meetings with interested parties on the political situation in Northern Ireland.

The Minister said:

“Tomorrow I will travel to Washington DC where I will meet with US Vice President, Joe Biden, Secretary of State, John Kerry, and a number of influential US political figures.

“I will be reiterating my message on the need for continued strong US support for the Peace Process in Northern Ireland. Throughout the Peace Process, the unwavering support of successive US Administrations has been critically important, as it will be again in addressing the current challenges.

“Having spent a number of weeks consulting with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Party leaders, I am strongly of the view that All Party Talks involving the two Governments are required to overcome the current political impasse within the Northern Ireland Executive - including on the legacy issues of parades, flags and identity and dealing with the past. I believe it is now time for these Talks to take place.

“I have had a number of discussions with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers MP, this week and I will remain in close contact with her and with the leaders of the Northern Ireland parties over the coming days.”

“The Irish Government wishes to see the Institutions of the Good Friday Agreement not only function but flourish to the benefit of all. The two Governments have an important role to play in Talks to resolve the current impasse. We support a fully functioning partnership government in Northern Ireland and will work with the Political Parties to facilitate the resolution of current difficulties and legacy issues.”

On Friday (26th), ahead of travelling to Washington DC, Minister Flanagan met with the US Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland, in New York and briefed her on the prospects for Talks.

ENDS

Press Office

28 September 2014