Richard Haass urged to have own Northern Ireland proposals ready
US envoy Richard Haass – due back in Northern Ireland next week – has been urged to produce proposals even if the Stormont parties fail to reach agreement.
The call comes from the SDLP, which has echoed Alliance comments in demanding a result from the Haass process in the event of "no or low" consensus on the crunch issues of flags, parading and dealing with the legacy of the Troubles.
The Belfast Telegraph understands that at a meeting of party leaders with Dr Haass in September he said he would "reserve the right" to produce a document even without final agreement between the Stormont parties.
The former diplomat and his senior aide Meghan O'Sullivan are expected to return next week when Dr Haass has said he expects the talks could "pivot" before a potential two-week "hot house" set of negotiations in the run-up to Christmas.