David Ford stated: “A comprehensive Sinn Féin move on policing is long overdue. However, any move which gives a clear recommendation in favour of accepting and supporting policing would be helpful to ending the stagnation in the process.
“To this end, the Sinn Féin leadership must give clear direction to the party ahead of any ard fheis. If an ard chomairle helps achieve this, that is fine. But there is no time to lose, and any recommendations must be clear.
“For democracy to work in Northern Ireland, it needs the full participation of all sides. Support for policing is essential to this.”