Scrap Forum, says McGuinness
By Mick Naughton
Sinn Féin's Mid-Ulster candidate Martin McGuinness challenged the
British government to close down the Forum and called for the
motionless `some party' talks process to be ``reconstituted'' .
``Sinn Féin's view of the Forum is correct and the SDLP's
withdrawal from it vindicates Sinn Féin's initial assessment of
the body,'' stated McGuinness during a party press conference in
Belfast on Monday 3 March.
``The Forum has made no contribution to the search for peace and
is now little more than a platform for Unionist bigotry and
intransigence as was so graphically on display by its `parades'
Responding to journalists asking if Sinn Fein would go the extra
mile for real peace process McGuinness said, ``David Trimble has
been acting as Deputy Prime Minister for some months now as he
secures deal after deal. In effect we are witnessing a coalition
government in Britain''.
McGuinness also struck out at the continuing mistreatment of
Roisin McAliskey by the British government. Likening her
conditions to those endured towards the end of the last century
by O'Donovan Rossa, he said that her continued mistreatment was
another example of British vindictiveness and mean spiritness.