Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Martin McGuinness has said a genuine process of reconciliation requires more involvement from political unionism.
Speaking at the launch of a Sinn Féin reconciliation document in Belfast’s Clifton House today Martin McGuinness said:
“Republicans have rightly embraced the challenge of reconciliation.
“Sinn Féin has demonstrated our commitment to this process through a number of public initiatives which at times have also presented challenges for Republicans.
“But in order for that process to be successful, for our people to be truly reconciled, there needs to be a reciprocation of our efforts; this cannot be a one-way process.
“There needs to be respect for all the traditions on this island, for all narratives. The Irish language, Irish identity, culture and aspiration is as valid as any other and needs to be respected as such.
“That will require mature leadership from political unionism because we alone cannot deliver reconciliation.
“A genuine reconciliation process must seek to create common ground where the collective focus is to build for the future.
“Sinn Féin will continue to offer positive leadership and we will continue to pursue the national reconciliation of our people.” ENDS/CRÍOCH