Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Northern Ireland Office backs parades talks, says new chief

East Belfast MP Naomi Long argued there was a need for momentum to sustain the talks
East Belfast MP Naomi Long argued there was a need for momentum to sustain the talks

The Northern Ireland Office will "do all in its power" to restore the multi-party talks on parades, flags and dealing with the past, its newest minister has said.

Dr Andrew Murrison was responding at NI Question Time in the House of Commons yesterday to East Belfast MP Naomi Long who argued there was a need for momentum to sustain the talks.

The South West Wiltshire MP took questions alongside Secretary of State Theresa Villiers only a few hours after being appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Discussions involving the five Executive parties collapsed when the DUP and Ulster Unionists walked out following the Parades Commission decision to ban the afternoon return Orange Order parade in Ardoyne on July 12.

Dr Murrison said it was absolutely right "that a long-term peaceful settlement relies entirely on co-operation between the parties".

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