Sinn Féin National Chairperson, Declan Kearney MLA, has welcomed the commitment from the African National Congress (ANC) to pro actively assist the process of democratic constitutional change in Ireland.
Speaking following the announcement from the ANC leadership, the Minister in the northern Executive, said:
“The Sinn Féin leadership has held a series of recent bilateral meetings with representatives from the leadership of the ANC.
“These meetings discussed active restoration of long standing solidarity links between our two parties. We also addressed the ANC’s international role in helping to secure a referendum on Irish unity under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.
“Irish republicans provided sustained solidarity for the national liberation forces in South Africa during the struggle against apartheid. The ANC then provided significant support and advice to the Sinn Féin leadership during the development of the Irish Peace Process.
“Just as the mobilisation of the international community was essential to bring apartheid to an end in South Africa, so too will a progressive international axis in support of Irish unity be important to achieve, and win a referendum on Irish unity, and to assist the process of positive constitutional change in Ireland.
“The Sinn Féin leadership welcomes the expressed commitment from the ANC to use its influence in government, at the level of the United Nations, the G20, and other multilateral institutions to encourage international good will for a planned transition towards a united Ireland.
“President of the ANC, Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa, and Uachtarán Shinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald are scheduled to meet in May as a further stage in this process of cooperation. The Sinn Féin leadership looks forward to working closely with our ANC comrades and friends in the time ahead.” Críoch/Ends
The link to the above press statement can be accessed at sinnfein.ie/contents/60613
See full statement below from the ANC:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
22 April 2021
STATEMENT ON THE OUTCOME OF THE ANC NEC INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS SUB-COMMITTEE’S BILATERAL MEETING WITH SINN FEIN
The African National Congress (ANC)’s National Executive Committee (NEC) Sub-committee on international Relations led by its Chairperson, Comrade Lindiwe Zulu, held a bilateral meeting on 20 April 2021 with the leadership of the Sinn Féin, led by Comrade Declan Kearney, Chairperson of the party, on various issues including to reaffirm the party’s support of the reunification of Ireland.
The ANC and Sinn Féin share a special historical bond, dating back to the Global Campaign against apartheid and the Irish Peace Process. The two parties have maintained strong Party to Party relations and solidarity based on shared principles on the right to self-determination.
The partition of Ireland came into effect in May 1921 when the government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland divided Ireland into separate self-governing parliaments for Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland.
Comrade Zulu communicated the party’s commitment to assisting Sinn Féin in its quest for the reunification of Ireland. One of the areas of collaboration identified will be on the development of a new constitution for the Irish people as Sinn Féin has called for an Irish unity referendum. The two parties have committed to deepening communication, sharing and exchanging expertise on various issues.
The ANC has agreed to bring forth the issue of Irish unification at the NEC as well as sharing the message and lobbying support on several multi-lateral fora including the United Nations, African Union, the G20 and other relevant bodies. The party will also mobilise support in its engagement with liberation movements, progressive parties and the trade union movement.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two parties is currently underway, which will underscore key mutual objectives for the two parties to collaborate on common focus areas and solidarity work.
The remarks from Comrade Lindiwe Zulu were well received by Sinn Féin and the commencement of a process to renew the bonds concretely was also well received. The ANC is also encouraged to continue being steadfast in supporting this genuine call for self determination as it also continues to do with the call of self determination of the Sahrawis, Palestinians and others.
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Chairperson: International Relations Sub-Committee
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