Haass to attend final negotiations in Belfast

Dr Richard Haass and professor Meghan O'Sullivan  pictured at the Stormont hotel in Belfast after their Christmas break
Photograph:Stephen Hamilton/Presseye.com

Dr Richard Haass and professor Meghan O'Sullivan pictured at the Stormont hotel in Belfast after their Christmas break Photograph:Stephen Hamilton/Presseye.com

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Final hothouse political negotiations begin in Northern Ireland on Monday morning in a last-ditch bid to find agreement on contentious issues left over from the peace process.

Crunch early morning talks mediated by former US diplomat Dr Richard Haass are intended to reach accommodation on how to manage parades, flags and dealing with a violent past.

Dr Haass has said the five main parties are “extraordinarily close” to a resolution and cut short his Christmas break to return to Belfast on Saturday to kick-start one last round of discussions.

 

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