Ministers Kitt and Browne welcome productive Implementation Group Meeting: Joint Statement
The British and Irish governments have today jointly chaired a meeting of the Implementation Group, which is open to the political parties supporting the Belfast Agreement.
The discussions today centred on the implementation of commitments made by the British and Irish Governments under the Belfast Agreement in the following areas: human rights, equality and the Irish language.
It was agreed the time had come to develop the next stage of the policy in respect of victims. The meeting will resume shortly to consider that issue along with community relations and reconciliation.
Following the meeting in Belfast Ministers Des Browne and Tom Kitt said all the issues discussed today are essential and central to the Agreement.
The Ministers welcomed the useful and productive exchanges with representatives of the Alliance Party, Women's Coalition, the SDLP and Sinn Féin. They emphasised that these discussions are part of a valuable and necessary process of rebuilding the trust and confidence necessary for the restoration of stable and inclusive institutions under the Belfast Agreement.
It is planned to hold a further Round Table discussion on the way forward, chaired by the Secretary of State and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, next week.