U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON
27 April 2017
United States Urges Establishment of a Power-Sharing Government in Northern Ireland
Today’s pause in talks to form a government in Northern Ireland allows time for planning a constructive, cooperative way forward. The United States urges all political parties in the region to establish a power-sharing government soon after talks resume in June.
The people of Northern Ireland deserve a representative, effective and responsive devolved government. It is vital to build on the political and economic progress made since the Good Friday Agreement, as well as to build a better, shared future for the region’s citizens. We appreciate the UK and Irish government’s ongoing engagement and continue to offer our strong support for peace, reconciliation, and prosperity in Northern Ireland.