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Northern Ireland parties resume their talks on Haass negotiations

By Noel McAdam

Leaders of four of the main parties have resumed talks following the collapse of the Haass negotiations on flags, parades and dealing with the past.

First Minister Peter Robinson, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, the SDLP's Alasdair McDonnell and Alliance leader David Ford are believed to have been present at the meeting in Stormont yesterday.

There was no immediate comment following yesterday's resumption, with no progress on the proposals finalised by American diplomat Dr Richard Haass and his assistant Professor Meghan O'Sullivan expected until after the European and local government elections.

Mr McGuinness has insisted there must be a resolution to the final Haass draft as soon as possible, but Mr Robinson has played down any early end to impasse between the parties.

The Haass talks ended in failure on New Year's Eve following almost three weeks of hothouse negotiations which included the UUP, whose executive later rejected the blueprint as "not viable".

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