David Ford MLA said: “We cannot nominate a candidate for Minister until a policy programme for the new Department is agreed and there is real and public progress on a new community relations strategy.
“There must be an agreed policy programme so that the new Minister can deliver immediately. Policing and justice are far too important to have them becoming issues around which political games are played.
“Alliance always does what is best for Northern Ireland and we will be constructive. We cannot however nominate a candidate for Justice Minister until these two issues are dealt with.
“The DUP and Sinn Fein need to demonstrate they are serious about making devolved justice work. They must face the realities of what is needed to have effective government. These two matters are essential for Northern Ireland to ensure a stable, peaceful and shared future and an Executive that delivers for the people.”