Thursday 22 March 2018

'No unwanted solution to flags impasse'

An Orange Order parade take place in Portadown, Co Armagh
An Orange Order parade take place in Portadown, Co Armagh
Daniel McConnell

Daniel McConnell

THE UK Government has insisted there will be no question of imposing unwanted solutions on political leaders in the North in a bid to break the impasse on flags, parades and the legacy of the past.

It came in the wake of comments from the Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore that the administrations in Dublin and London would consider "an intervention" if parties in Stormont failed to agree a deal.

Discussions chaired by US diplomat Richard Haass and Professor Meghan O'Sullivan ended in failure on New Year's Eve but further talks between parties begin tomorrow.

Mr Gilmore said the UK and Irish governments, as guarantors in the Good Friday Agreement, had a duty to intervene if the impasse can't be breached.

But the UK's Northern Ireland Office indicated that if it does get involved, it will not be in the form of making proposals that do not have the backing of the Executive parties.

Irish Independent

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