“The party will continue with the work in progress to ensure upfront delivery..”

The BBC reports the resolution passed by the DUP’s ruling executive on the St Andrews Agreement [not yet online online here] and, like the Sinn Féin motion passed by their Ard Chomhairle, it’s neither ‘yes’ nor ‘no’ but ‘maybe’. The ‘maybe’ relates directly to the issue of policing Updated

The DUP said: “As Sinn Fein is not yet ready to take the decisive step forward on policing, the DUP will not be required to commit to any aspect of power sharing in advance…”

From the BBC report

The DUP said: “As Sinn Fein is not yet ready to take the decisive step forward on policing, the DUP will not be required to commit to any aspect of power sharing in advance…”

It said it recognised that other aspects of the British and Irish governments’ proposals for achieving devolution “required more work”.

“The party will continue with the work in progress to ensure upfront delivery by government and republicans,” the DUP said.

“The party officers will pursue all the remaining issues and report back before the central executive committee, which is the only body that can take a binding decision, considers the matter.

“The DUP reiterates the need for the government to deliver on the outstanding issues presented to it by the party.”

It’s interesting to note the comparison the BBC makes between the DUP resolution and the SF motion

The statement fell short of an outright endorsement of the two prime ministers’ plan for reviving power sharing.

Sinn Fein this week gave its qualified support to the St Andrews road map.

I’m not convinced that there is justification for the apparent discrepancy in descriptions of the two statements.

ANYway.. it leaves only 1 day to do it.. So, expect ambiguity to take over..

Adds The DUP statement on the St Andrews Agreement

“The DUP in keeping with the outcome of its consultation process wants to build on the areas of progress made at St Andrews whilst recognising that other aspects of the proposals require further work. The Party will continue with the work in progress to ensure up front delivery by Government and republicans. The Party Officers will pursue all the remaining issues and report back before the Central Executive Committee, which is the only body that can take a binding decision, considers the matter.

The DUP reiterates the need for the Government to deliver on the outstanding issues presented to it by the Party.

The DUP holds to its long standing position that there can only be an agreement involving Sinn Fein when there has been delivery by the republican movement, tested and proved over a credible period, in terms of support for the PSNI, the Courts and the rule of law, a complete end to paramilitary and criminal activity and the removal of terrorist structures.

The refusal by Sinn Fein even to begin giving support to the PSNI, the Courts and the rule of law has clear adverse implications for the timetable laid out at St Andrews. Indeed, republicans are retreating to their pre St Andrews position.

The Government stressed, before, during and after the St Andrews talks that the twin pillars for agreement are DUP support for power sharing and Sinn Fein support for policing. Clearly as Sinn Fein is not yet ready to take the decisive step forward on policing, the DUP is not required to commit to any aspect of power sharing in advance of such certainty.”