Leaders to hold second Haass meeting

Published Tuesday, 21 January 2014
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Northern Ireland's political leaders are expected to hold a second meeting later to discuss the proposals put forward by Dr Richard Haass.

Leaders to hold second Haass meeting
Dr Richard Haass listened to submissions from a wide range of groups in NI. (© Presseye)

The US team of Dr Haass and Professor Meghan O'Sullivan were brought in last September by the Executive parties to attempt to resolve the contentious issues of flags, parades and the past, but after seven draft proposals an agreement was not reached by the end-of-year deadline.

Last week the leaders of the DUP, Sinn Féin, UUP, SDLP and Alliance met at Stormont to discuss the way forward on the plans. The talks will resume on Tuesday afternoon.

It comes in the wake of comments made by deputy First Minister linking the UVF, PUP and Orange Order in Belfast, an analysis he claims unionists agree with.

First Minister Peter Robinson has rejected the claims as "irrational and unhelpful" and accused the Sinn Féin representative of acting as a 'dictator' on the Haass process.

Over the weekend, the Republic of Ireland's Foreign Minister, Eamon Gilmore, suggested that the Irish and British governments could jointly intervene on Haass.

However a statement from the Northern Ireland Office rejected the idea.

It said: "The UK government will continue to encourage the NI political parties to find an agreed way forward on the issues considered in the Haass process. The Irish government has indicated that it too wants to support efforts to secure cross party agreement.

"This is a process initiated by the NI political parties and there can be no question of imposing a set of solutions from outside which doesn't have the backing of NI's political leadership."

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9 Comments
realistic in planet earth wrote (302 days ago):
@Hilton in belfast E, very funny indeedy..... :)................... why aren't the eejits on the hill sorting this out- it's their job...... they shouldn't need help, or a hotel, or tv crews - IT'S THEIR JOB! get on with it
desdodes in lower ormo wrote (302 days ago):
Hilton. Whaaaaaaaat!
Hilton in belfast E wrote (304 days ago):
As Far as the Unionists concern and the protestants of ulster there is no changes what so ever having going on with Richard Haass document. We are protestants are happy having a flags up the streets as well the parades still remain for many years to come, we dont have any problem for last 50 years so why now.....??? Who Faults is that...ask SF...??
SammyJr in Ballymena wrote (304 days ago):
They make such a big deal out of just talking to each other just wish they would get with it.
Claire in Enniskillen wrote (305 days ago):
More money to be wasted.... Why don't they invite the working class people of Northern Ireland both sides of the Community to have their say?
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