Prime minister and taoiseach put weight behind resolving entrenched disagreements around marches, flags and other issues
David Cameron will join his Irish counterpart, Enda Kenny, in Belfast on Thursday morning to lend their support to all-party talks aimed at solving toxic issues hanging over from the Northern Ireland peace process.
The prime minister and the taoiseach are expected to meet the parties at Stormont in a bid to push forward negotiations on issues such as disputed marches, the flying of flags and the legacy of the Troubles.
So far the nationalist and unionist parties have failed to find consensus on these controversies some of which have led to social and political destabilisation in the region.
Loyalist anger over a banned Orange Order march in north Belfast has led to violent street clashes as has unionist opposition to Belfast city council’s decision to limit the number of days the Union Jack is flown at City Hall.
Supporting the two premiers’ intervention in the talks, Labour’s shadow secretary of state, Ivan Lewis, said the best Christmas present the people of Northern Ireland could receive was for the parties to come to an agreement.
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