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Gerry Adams claims DUP and Downing St creating talks impasse with 'minimalist' approach

Sinn Fein has said little progress has been made in talks aimed at restoring the power-sharing government in Northern Ireland.

Speaking at Stormont Castle on Sunday, party president Gerry Adams claimed that the approach of the DUP and British government to the talks had created an impasse.

“Unionism is at a crossroads', said Mr Adams.

"The DUP needs to decide whether and when it will rise to the challenges of this time and work in genuine partnership with nationalists and republicans, and all sections of our society, on the basis of equality and respect. For everyone.

“Regrettably, thus far in the talks process there has been no substantive progress across all of the key issues that are at the core of the current impasse."

The Louth TD said former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, who died last week, had 'set the tone' for the current phase of negotiations when he said that there can be no return to the status quo.

“The DUP’s approach thus far has been to engage in a minimalist way on all of the key issues, including legacy issues; an Irish Language Act; a Bill of Rights; and marriage equality," said Mr Adams.

“They have been reinforced in this by the British Government’s stance. This is unacceptable and a matter of grave concern.

“I am sure this concern is shared by the Irish government. The Taoiseach knows that he is the co-equal guarantor, with the British PM, of the Good Friday and other Agreements. People across this island need to see the Taoiseach standing up for these agreements. 

“For our part SF wants to see the institutions up and working for everyone. We are not looking special favours or privileges for anyone. The terms for the re-establishment of the institutions are clear. They threaten no one."

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