Members of the Royal Black Institution met Dr Richard Haass, who has begun talks on flags, parading and the issue of dealing with the past, on Wednesday.
The four delegates had a 45-minute meeting with the American diplomat and presented him with an outline discussion paper on issues around parading, flags and legacy.
Millar Farr, Sovereign Grand Master, Billy Scott, Grand Registrar, Rev. Nigel Reid, an Assistant Sovereign Grand Master and Canon Will Murphy, a Grand Chaplain attended the meeting.
A spokesman for the Royal Black described the meeting as “very worthwhile and constructive.”
In July violence broke out around parading restrictions at a north Belfast Orange parade.
Speaking about the issue Dr Haass said: “I think this last summer was something of an indication or something of a warning that one should not take the improvements for granted.