Obama and Cameron discuss Haass

Obama and Cameron discuss Haass

President Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron have discussed the Haass talks proposals by telephone on Thursday evening.

It is understood the two men agreed that the political parties in Northern Ireland should resolve the issues, rather than the British, Irish and American governments.The leaders of the Executive parties are expected to hold another meeting next Tuesday.Earlier this week MLAs at Stormont voted against a Sinn Féin motion accepting Dr Richard Haass' proposals on flags, parades and dealing with the past.The party's deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, then accused unionists of "dancing to the tune of extremists in their community".Nigel Dodds of the DUP hit back by saying Sinn Féin are "wallowing in murder" by refusing to take leadership over the party's "continued glorification of past terrorism".Former US diplomat Dr Richard Haass was brought in by the Executive to chair all-party discussions on a number of contentious issues, alongside co-chair Meghan O'Sullivan.However the parties were unable to reach agreement before their end-of-2013 deadline.PM and President Obama have discussed @RichardHaass talks. They have agreed it is up to the Northern Ireland parties to find the way forward— Ken Reid (@KenReid_utv) January 16, 2014


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