Published Friday, 22 January 2010
"I don't really need any more excitement in my life at the current time," Peter Robinson told UTV.
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"Let's all calm down and look at the prize we can have if we can successfully conclude negotiations. They have a unionist leader who wants to see a successful outcome. I want to resolve the outstanding matters."
Earlier on Friday, Sinn Fein's Alex Maskey said talks on the transfer of policing and justice powers had ended "a couple of days ago."
"We have exhausted the current round of negotiation, particularly with the DUP. We do not have a date for the transfer of policing and justice", Mr Maskey said.
Peter Robinson said he was "surprised" by what he called "a brutal statement from Sinn Fein".
"We're at the table. We're not walking away from the table. We're not walking away from the assembly and the executive but it takes two to tango", Mr Robinson responded.
Significantly, the DUP leader also told UTV he wanted to see one unionist party.
Earlier this week, the Ulster Unionists confirmed holding "private talks" with the DUP and the Conservatives as speculation mounts the parties could run agreed candidates in future elections.
"The time is right for unionists to be working more together, to have arrangements that can further the unionist cause. And I have long been in favour of having unionist unity right down to the extent of having one major unionist party where we are all walking in the same direction on the basis of policy and values", Mr Robinson said.
Sinn Fein's Ard Chomhairle will meet on Saturday in Dublin to decide on the next course of action.
Ahead of the executive meeting, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams accused in his blog the Democratic Unionists of "playing the orange card" by demanding concessions on loyal order parades.
But the DUP leader claimed progress had been made on the "outstanding issue."
"I felt that we were making some progress. I very much want to see the other parties in the assembly involved and see what their contribution is and how we might work together for an outcome that will be satisfactory," he said.
Speculation mounts that the British and Irish governments may step in to salvage talks.
"We need to see all parties more actively involved because this has to be credible", SDLP leader Mark Durkan said.
"It was the two governments, Sinn Fein and the DUP who produced the Saint Andrew's agreement which is actually at the heart of the difficulty we have now", he told UTV.
The Ulster Unionists have also called for all party talks in a bid to broker a deal.
"This is one of the most significant transfers of powers to this assembly and it is incumbent that if we genuinely want to build confidence to ensure that every party has the opportunity to be involved in this", UUP leader Sir Reg Empey said.
"That is the best way of demonstrating confidence."
On Friday the US economic envoy to Northern Ireland said he was "optimistic" that a deal could be achieved.
Declan Kelly was on a visit to Belfast to meet Acting First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.
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