Flag talks adjourned until New Year

Published Thursday, 20 December 2012
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Political leaders met at Stormont Castle to discuss the flags issue on Thursday.

Flag talks adjourned until New Year
Protestors hold flags and placards at Broadway in Belfast. (© Pacemaker)

A joint statement said they condemned the violence, attacks on police and threats to politicians which have been issued in recent weeks.

The almost eight-hour meeting was then adjourned to reconvene in the New Year.

A statement said: "Leaders welcomed the opportunity to meet and engage in a discussion of the events over recent days and weeks.

"Party leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the rule of law and the primacy of the political process and deplored violence, attacks on the PSNI, as well as threats to elected representatives.

"Recognising the importance of culture and identity within the community, and conscious of the impact on business, political leaders re-emphasised that their task was to find political solutions and to ensure peace and stability for the people of Northern Ireland."

There has been unrest across NI over the past three weeks following Belfast City Council's decision to reduce the number of days the Union flag flies at City Hall.

More than 40 police officers have been injured dealing with bouts of violence and 42 people have been arrested and charged.

Several politicians have received death threats and business in Belfast has been disrupted in the busy run-up to Christmas.

The leaders continued: "The meeting was adjourned and will reconvene in the New Year to further discuss these matters."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Frosty in Here wrote (766 days ago):
Good to see our politicians providing value for money there. If only the rest of us could work an 8 hour year for £60K plus performance unrelated bonuses.
ashamed in northern ireland wrote (766 days ago):
sure there's no panic is there? not like people have anything on until the new year... NOT These 'politicians' are a joke, they can sort out their own salaries etc quick enough!! A cynic would nearly think their attitude is 'let the peasants wreck the city over xmas, then they'll appreciate anything we do in the new year' shame on you, shame on the thugs being led down the garden path once again.....
W in Northern Ireland wrote (766 days ago):
"then it is a bad day for democracy and the bully boy thugs have won a hollow victory." -- Just like Sinn Fein/IRA have been doing for years then!
Boru in Ireland wrote (766 days ago):
Will they be having a game of football in No-man's-land on Christmas day before The Great 'Debate' resumes?
ger in belfast wrote (766 days ago):
These talks and the Unionist Forum are a vain attempt to hide the blushes of unionism who went on a rampage because they couldn't cope with the equality agenda. They painted themselves into a corner and discredited whatever point they had to make. There will be no union flag on the city hall 365 days a year. And no amount of posturing, blocking of roads or intimidation will alter that fact.
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