16/12/2019

New Round Of Stormont Talks Begin

A new round of negotiations to restore the Northern Ireland Assembly are set to begin this morning.

All parties have pledged to get the Executive back up and running during this fresh round of talks.

It follows the general election, which returned a large Conservative majority and saw both the DUP and Sinn Fein suffer a fall in vote share.
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Secretary of State Julian Smith spoke with the leaders of the five biggest parties on Sunday. He commented: "Good calls with all five party leaders this morning. Look forward to starting positive process tomorrow to get Stormont back up and running."

Discussions will take the form of separate meetings between the parties and Mr Smith, with round table talks set to happen later in the week.

The Secretary of State has previously warned that an election will be called if no agreement is reached by January 13.



(JG/MH)

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