Party statement on outcome of Haass Talks
Sinn Fein and the DUP never had any intention of reaching agreement on flags, parades and the past.
Their invitation to Richard Haass has proved to be a public con trick allowing them to go through the motions of negotiation while merely consolidating their respective positions ahead of next year’s elections.
For their part, Richard Haass and Megan O’Sullivan have done little more than propose new ways of managing division – not overcoming it.
Sectarianism and the sectarian nature of Assembly structures are the main reasons why we continue to have localised conflicts over parades, protests and flags.
What we need is a real discussion about the type of society we live in and the kind of values it upholds.
For as long as the Assembly is run on sectarian lines, for as long as no one challenges its position and for as long as the rest of the community is frozen out of discussion, nothing is going to change.
We have just witnessed a cynical exercise in the management and consolidation of sectarianism and sectarian politics. As long as people here vote for sectarian politics and sectarian parties, then this is the only future we will have.