DUP calls for urgent talks with Cameron
The DUP is seeking an urgent meeting with David Cameron as the political crisis over the murder of Kevin McGuigan deepens.
Ahead of a meeting with Secretary of State Theresa Villiers this afternoon, the party said it also wanted to meet the Prime Minister, and will have renewed talks with PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton.
As the UUP announced its intention of pulling out of the Executive, DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said it was Sinn Fein that should be leaving the administration.
"It is republicans who are responsible for the current situation and it is on republicans that the pressure should be maintained," the North Belfast MP said.
As the Belfast Telegraph reported earlier this week, the party is asking the Government to consider sending Provisional IRA members involved in the McGuigan killing back to prison.
"We will be reminding her (Mrs Villiers) of the responsibilities she has to punish any party that is found to be in breach of their commitments to exclusively peaceful and democratic means," Mr Dodds said.
His assertions came as Gerry Adams accused unionists of "jumping" on the assessment of the Chief Constable to "ratchet up" a crisis.
Writing in his Andersonstown News column, he added: "The political institutions are already in considerable difficulty... there are major budgetary difficulties and an ongoing effort by London to impose austerity policies on the northern Assembly."
The Sinn Fein president repeated his assertion that there was no basis for to call the SF commitment to peace into question "and if this descends into a political crisis it is a direct result of their stupidity and party political opportunism".