Cameron pledges no Haass intervention

Dr Richard Haass
Dr Richard Haass

The British and Irish governments will not impose any solution on Northern Ireland’s political parties on a way forward for the Haass peace talks, David Cameron has said.

The Prime Minister was responding to the DUP’s Westminster leader Nigel Dodds who said Irish foreign minister Eamon Gilmore’s suggestion that the two governments could intervene was “deeply unhelpful”.

During Prime Minister’s questions, Mr Dodds also said that “the most helpful thing the Irish government can do about the past is to be more forthcoming about the role of the state authorities in collusion with the IRA”.

Mr Cameron replied: “Let me reassure you, there is absolutely no question of an imposed solution. The proposal for the Haass discussions was the proposal of the Northern Ireland parties themselves.

“I obviously wish this process well, I think Haass did a good job in providing the architecture of a future solution on parades and on flags and on the past. I hope the parties can come together and continue the work.

“The Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers will do what she can to facilitate that work. I think it is important to go on discussing this with the government of the Republic of Ireland.”