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Mike Nesbitt confirms Peter Robinson meeting

By Noel McAdam

The joint leaders of unionism have held their first meeting — but ‘unionist unity’ was not on the agenda.

Mike Nesbitt confirmed his first face-to-face talks as Ulster Unionist leader with his DUP counterpart Peter Robinson yesterday.

The recently-elected UUP chief issued a brief statement to avoid news of the meeting leaking out.

But it was made clear the meeting was not a continuation of the two-party discussions involving former leader Tom Elliott which ultimately led to the resignation of David McNarry from the UUP Assembly group.

On his meeting with Mr Robinson, Mr Nesbitt said: “We discussed a useful range of issues.”

First Minister Robinson added: “This was a constructive meeting and provided the opportunity for a useful exchange of views including the prospect of both parties jointly co-operating on a number of Ulster Covenant centenary events during the course of 2012.”

Mr Nesbitt intends meeting all party leaders individually.

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